Chelsea is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan. Located on the West Side, between 14th and 34th streets and the sixth and tenth avenues, the pioneering gay neighborhood is now the artistic center of NYC. In addition to art galleries, the neighborhood also offers great restaurants and even some shopping venues.
Chelsea Art Galleries
Many of the innovative art galleries of the 1970s-1980s Soho relocated to Chelsea during the 1990s. The Chelsea Gallery District, between W. 13th and W. 29th, hosts hundreds of contemporary art galleries, many of them are placed in large warehouses. Some of the most famous galleries in the neighborhood include the Metro Gallery, on 519 West and 24th Street, which represents American and international superstars such as Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and Tony Oursler; the huge Chelsea space of the Gagosian Gallery, on 555 W 24th St. and the Pace Gallery, on 510 W 25th St., where you can view original paintings, photographs and prints by the greatest artists of the 20th century.
The Kitchen, on 512 West 19th Street, is a veteran non-profit art and cultural institution, displaying experimental works in all forms of performing arts media, from theatre to video art, and hosting art exhibitions, literary events, artists’ talks, lectures and occasional block parties.
The Chelsea Hotel – Local Mythology
The Chelsea Hotel, located at 222 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, was the first cooperative complex in NYC and home for many artists and writers from Mark Twain to Madonna and the location for many films. The hotel does not accept reservations for now, and it is currently on its way to become a luxurious hotel.
The Chelsea Market, between 15th and 16th streets, from Eighth and Ninth Avenues, is a huge indoor food market, filled with food vendors, coffee shops and bakeries, as well as kitchen supplies, cooking books and other food related stuff.
If you have room for dessert, you can visit the Doughnut Plant on 220 West 23rd Street and taste the square doughnuts with peanut butter and jelly filling or the scrumptious chocolate blackout doughnut.
Urban Nature – Walk the High Line
The High Line is a beautiful upper park, built on historic railroad which originally delivered meat from the Meat Packing District (now a high-end fashion area) until the 1980s. The park includes hiking trails, lawn areas for picnics and several observation points observing the cityscape and the nearby Hudson River. The High Line park stretches from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street.