Chelsea has become a center of world-class shopping and dining, cutting-edge art and exclusive nightlife in Manhattan. The fashionable neighborhood contains a mix of historic Georgian-style residences, transformed warehouses, modern luxury high-rises and eccentric buildings designed by star architects.
Take an elevated stroll on the High Line with gorgeous views of the Hudson River, or visit Chelsea Market for trendy eats and uncommon goods. Surrounding Chelsea are Madison Square Park, Union Square, the hip Meatpacking District and ever-present views of the Empire State Building.
With nearly 200 art galleries, Chelsea is the new home of New York art. In fact, from 22nd Street to 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, you will find a gallery in nearly every storefront. As the home of FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), Chelsea is sure to remain the place to create and display the art of New York for years to come. The Museum of Art at FIT and the Chelsea Art Museum are great places to kick off your Chelsea art tour.
A decidedly residential area, Chelsea is home to all variations of culture and cuisine. With hundreds of small bistros and large club-like restaurants, Chelsea is a must-visit for “foodies” from around the world.
Speaking of foodies, you’ll find plenty of them at Chelsea Market, a crowd-pleasing food and shopping destination with ever-changing vendors. It’s also an indoor walkway — a rarity in Manhattan — with industrial chic design evoking the neighborhood’s early days.
One of New York’s best public spaces is located in Chelsea: the High Line, a 1-mile (1.6 km) New York City Park built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of an abandoned elevated freight railroad line. The space was redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway in 2006, becoming a sanctuary to New Yorkers and tourists looking for a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle below.
Chelsea is also home to the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, the city’s most diverse collection of recreational facilities. Features include a health club, day spa, gymnastics training center, two basketball courts, indoor soccer and lacrosse fields, baseball and softball batting cages, a rock climbing wall, dance studios, AMF Bowling center, golf club with two-story driving range and two ice skating rinks.
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