Beauty, in art, architecture, and landscape, defines Chelsea. An old elevated rail line has become the most popular park in the city. The High Line Park weaves its way along the far west side of the neighborhood, furnishing a feast for the eyes: its own incredible design with a backdrop of old buildings full of character juxtaposed against sleek modern marvels designed by the masters. Western Chelsea between 10th and 11th Avenues is teeming with art galleries, and the Rubin Museum of Art highlights the art of Himalayan Asia.
Recreation and Exercise
A beautiful promenade follows the Hudson River Park with welcoming piers and a bike path that continues from the southern tip of the island to the George Washington Bridge far uptown. The Frying Pan, a historic lightship, is now a floating bar and grill. Between 17th and 22nd Streets, a group of piers have been connected to form Chelsea Piers, an indoor sports and recreation complex which includes an ice rink, a driving range, a bowling alley, and much more.
A Culinary Cornucopia, and more
Chelsea is also a foodie heaven, anchored by the always hopping Chelsea Market, one of the greatest indoor food halls in the world located in an old factory that runs the entire block between 9th and 10th Avenues from 15th to 16th Street. Cookshop is one of the original farm-to-table restaurants in the city. There are so many top restaurants in Chelsea that every few steps offer another potentially fabulous taste sensation.
At the southern end of Chelsea, west of 9th Avenue between Gansevoort and 14th St., the meatpacking district’s cobblestone streets are home to high-end boutiques and a wild nightlife scene.
Distinctive Residential Opportunities
Housing stock in Chelsea is varied. There are elegant brownstones, large mid-century complexes, and sleek modern condos. As one of the most desired neighborhoods in the city, it is also one of the most expensive.
The neighborhood is also served by the PATH train.