Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce members posing for a photo with Sixth Precinct officers, including Maria Diaz, G.V.C.C. executive director, at far left; Ken Russo, fourth from left; Rocio Sanz, third from right; and Mathew Heggem, far right.

Getting down to business: Members of the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce recently toured the Sixth Police Precinct’s stationhouse on W. 10th St. and also the adjoining Bomb Squad headquarters on Charles St. The Bomb Squad’s super-sniffing dog was happy to say hi to the local business leaders, as were members of the precinct’s detectives squad.

Semi-private pods at Regus in Chelsea. Photo credit: undefined

Telecommuters and entrepreneurs looking for a place to work have a new — and free — alternative in Chelsea.

A waiter at a Bronx restaurant. . (KEITH D. BEDFORD/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

n most companies, people who work together bond and become friends. In a small business like the bar I manage in Chelsea, those bonds, and the trust that comes with them, are particularly important. There are just 12 of us at our little bar, and we are like a family.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Elizabeth Butson, publisher emeritus of The Villager, riOdetta honored with the first Music Legends Awardght, presents Odetta with the inaugural Village Music Legends Award.

Photo by Zach Williams L to R: NYPD Officers Ravi Singh, Scott Williams, James Quirk, Sgt. Maggie Clamp, Officers Jackson Dagobert, Sean Malone and Gerard Collins were honored at The Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Safe City, Safe Streets luncheon.

For local businesses to thrive, merchants, their staff and their shoppers all need to feel safe. Honoring the police who protect the neighborhoods where its 200 members do business, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC) held its 11th Annual Safe City, Safe Streets luncheon at Manhattan Penthouse last week.

Photo by Sam Spokony Officers of the Year honored on Dec. 12, from left: Officer Sergio De La Mota, Ninth Precinct; Officer Liam Cawley, Sixth Precinct; Sergeant Michael Filomena, 10th Precinct; Officer Michael Relf, 14th Precinct; and Officer Leonardo Nimo, 13th Precinct.

The 10th Annual Safe City, Safe Streets Luncheon, organized by the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC), recognized NYPD service throughout the ranks, but it specifically highlighted five Officers of the Year for 2013.

Imad Khachan shows a customer chess set. Sets range from $10 to $10,000. Photo credit: Russ Marhull

The Chess Forum once did battle with another chess shop across the street. The Chess Forum is steeped in history.

Zen Bikes owner John Keoshgerian surveys his store from the comfort of a recently restored barber chair. Photo by Scott Stiffler.

At the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC), we know the stories of Manhattan’s ever-changing small business community. Over the last few months, we have taken a step back to evaluate and recognize what we love most about our corner of this city.