Chelsea neighborhood in NY Manhattan: Explosion injures at least 25


On a busy Saturday night in Chelsea with thousands of locals and tourists enjoying restaurants and bars of this trendy New York neighborhood, an explosive device exploded at 8:30 pm blowing out the lower windows of a 14-story residence for the blind.

The Chelsea neighborhood in New York, Manhattan, is primarily residential, with a mix of tenements, apartment blocks, city housing projects, townhouses, and renovated row houses.

Its many retail businesses reflect the ethnic and social diversity of the population. Many gay-friendly venues and clubs known also by tourists are found in Chelsea. The area has a large gay population. Chelsea is also known as one of the centers of the city’s art world, with over 200 galleries in the neighborhood.

The explosion, described by one neighbor as “deafening,” happened outside the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W. 23rd Street. The facility provides housing, training, and other services for the blind.

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