Famed for its art galleries and architecture, Chelsea is a charming bridge between midtown convenience and downtown chic. A lively restaurant and bar scene, many commuting options, and a sophisticated ambiance have made Chelsea a highly desirable place to live.
Nightlife and culture are the bywords here; historically considered the locus of the city’s gay entertainment options, now there’s something for everyone, from exclusive nightclubs to casual bistros to an exciting live comedy presence. Of course, Chelsea is best known for its unparalleled galleries. One of the epicenters of New York’s art world, westernmost Chelsea is home to over 350 galleries, with small independent spaces showcasing up-and-coming artists alongside establishments like the Rubin Museum.
Aside from the entertainment options of 8th and 9th Avenues, Chelsea’s residential blocks are quiet and beautiful, with its townhouses serving as shining examples of historic architecture.
A long-abandoned portion of elevated railroad has become of the most interesting outdoor spaces in the city. The railway track is now an urban park with greenery, lounging space, and views from above of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. Currently stretching from 14th to 34th Streets, further extensions of the High Line are still in development.Friends of the High Line
These piers on the West Side Highway were to be the destination of the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage. Now they contain film and television production facilities, Manhattan’s only beer brewery, and a massive sports complex with batting cages, indoor sporting fields, a rock-climbing wall, a year-round skating rink, and more.Chelsea Piers
The British theatre company Punchdrunk transformed this block of warehouse spaces into an abandoned ‘hotel,’ the stage of its site-specific, interactive performance of “Sleep No More” - an interpretive version of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” that requires participating audiences to don masks and silently follow actors throughout the many floors of the McKittrick as the action unfolds. A sensation upon opening for its limited run, “Sleep No More” has become a permanent fixture and the McKittrick has expanded to become a venue for other live performances and a lovely rooftop lounge called The Gallows Green.The McKittrick Hotel
Not just a high-end food hall - though you can pick up everything from fresh seafood to artisanal cheese to a fine bottle of wine in the many shops of this subterranean complex - Chelsea Market also hosts the studios of the Food Network, YouTube, and others on its upper floors. Several sit-down restaurants are part of the market, including world-famous sushi chef’s Masaharu Morimoto’s namesake establishment.Chelsea Market
Since its 1884 opening, the Hotel Chelsea has been home and inspiration to icons including Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Janis Joplin, Allen Ginsberg, Mark Twain, Charles Bukowski, O. Henry, Arthur Miller, Dennis Hopper, Madonna...and the list goes on. It was the de-facto headquarters of Andy Warhol and his Factory stars in the 60’s; immortalized in dozens of songs and movies, the hotel is a living monument to New York’s immortal art scene and a cultural touchstone. Currently undergoing renovations, it’s set to reopen as a functional hotel later this year.Hotel Chelsea
In the mornings of warmer months, West 28th Street becomes a veritable jungle, as flower and plant shops line the sidewalks with their wares. Even if you’re not in the market for a palm tree or an exotic bouquet, the unexpected explosion of greenery on the urban blocks makes for a delightful stroll.