Chelsea is a colorful neighborhood with a strong cultural, energetic pulse.
Once primarily the stomping grounds for the gay community, Chelsea’s great restaurant and bar scene, as well as its proximity to The Meatpacking District have made it one of the hottest neighborhoods to live in for any New Yorker. Residents choose to live here for its wide array of cultural, nightlife and daytime activities. Chelsea is truly an amalgamation of some of the best things New York has to offer.
Art galleries litter the streets between 9th and 10th avenues, featuring circulating exhibits and retrospectives. On West 15th and 9th Avenue is beloved Chelsea Market, whose eclectic mixture of food boutiques (the Lobster Place is incredible for fresh fish and clam chowder), sample sales, and local designer markets make it a destination for New Yorker and tourist alike.
The newly added Highline also runs up the West side from the teens through the twenties. The latter is an old railroad track that was renovated and landscaped into a walking path high above the water, featuring liquid magenta sunsets and picturesque greenery.
The Meatpacking District, which is partially in the West Village and partially in Chelsea, has blown up from its seedy nightclub reputation of the early nineties. Models and Europeans wait to get into coveted red velveted clubs, and bankers come there at happy hour to let loose after a hard day’s work. The relatively new spot, Catch, features excellent seafood as well as a club upstairs, if you’re the dinner and dancing type. On Sundays, grab a beer at the epic German biergarten at the Standard Hotel, which also has its own ice skating rink in the winter. The famous art museum, the Whitney, will also be opening a new building in the MPD in 2015.
During the summers, flea markets and design fairs are frequently hosted in Chelsea, with local artists coming together to sell their handmade products to the public.
For the most sumptuous pizza you’ll ever have, go to Artichoke’s and grab a slice of their signature Artichoke Pizza, a creamy deliciousness that will make you never go back to tomato sauce.
All the way to the west in Chelsea along the water are also several grassy piers, where people lay out, play soccer and volleyball, and socialize in the summertime. There is even free kayaking on the weekends in the summer.
Chelsea Piers is also an incredible complex; not only does it host the studios where “Law and Order: SVU” is filmed, but it has its very own driving range, which, at sunset, is absolutely stunning.
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|460 West 20 Street||99|
|312 11 AVENUE||77|
|155 WEST 21 STREET||72|
|125 West 31 Street||66|
|200 West 26 Street||65|
|55 West 26 Street||59|