Chelsea

Chelsea, New York City: Address, Chelsea Reviews: 4.5/5

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Trendy New York City neighborhood, especially popular with the gay community.
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Neighborhood: Chelsea
Home to hundreds of art galleries, beautiful brownstones, and one of New York’s newest and most popular attractions, Chelsea is one of the city’s jewels when it comes to neighborhood life. The contemporary art scene is an integral part of the neighborhood’s identity, with gallery openings almost every night of the week and countless exhibits to explore. As a longtime hub of gay culture in New York City, it’s also a diverse district with a vibrant nightlife scene. The opening of the High Line, an abandoned elevated train track transformed into a world-class pedestrian park, gave this neighborhood new life as a tourist destination. The High Line provides visitors with a tranquil, elevated space with incomparable views, providing an unparalleled way to experience the city.
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  • 23rd St • 2 min walk
  • 23rd St • 3 min walk
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,123 contributions
Couples
During our visit to NY, we headed to Chelsea a few times to enjoy food at the local market and to visit the high line.
The neighborhood is bustling with constructions sites, art galleries, interesting restaurants and various landmarks.
Close to the high line we noticed a bunch of new interesting building with peculiar architectural structures, breath-taking views on the Hudson River and fancy terraces, which clearly gave a new vibe to this neighborhood which in the past clearly catered to a different social class.
Compared to other nearby neighborhoods, we found out it offers a good amount of dining options and It can be easily reached by walk from Penn Station (we actually went all the way from times Square).
Definitely an interesting part of New York with plenty of attractions to see.
Written March 17, 2020
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA30,444 contributions
Couples
Chelsea is one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC; primarily, because of its art galleries. Such a great variety of very interesting modern art paintings, a real treat for art lovers.

There is one very special gallery, Wilensky Exquisite Minerals. Really stunning collection of magnificent minerals, sculptures and crafts.
Written October 31, 2020
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P F B
Edison, NJ1,633 contributions
Just a short walk off the High Line. It's also a short walk down from Hudson Yards. There are plenty of art galleries and shops amongst older buildings as well as new buildings. However, several of the art galleries are currently closed while new exhibits are being added. Still worth walking the streets around Chelsea.
Written February 20, 2020
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Ronald
Denpasar, Indonesia23 contributions
Friends
this city is awesome ...big city with humble society..all the people is nice , big building , .clean area and all the peoole here is .very kindly ..the things about this city is superb..we will come to this city again for another opportunies , we wnat to wacth the blues stadium
Written January 7, 2022
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The Sushi Guy 🍣
Long Island, NY13,438 contributions
Business
Chelsea is incredibly close to midtown but slightly more relaxed. A nice mix of luxury to affordable housing in the area. Plenty of dining options. Very safe neighborhood.
Written April 2, 2021
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Dave S
Hebron, lsrael169 contributions
Solo
Chelsea is the section of Manhattan that is above 14th Street, below about 28th Street, & west of 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) - New York's neighborhoods are not official, so the boundaries are not precise. This is considered the lowest part of western Midtown, but here are no real skyscrapers. It is well worth strolling here; & as in any Manhattan neighborhood, it's worth bringing a copy of the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY. The neighborhood's most interesting feature is the High Line (see that review). Another cool place is the Chelsea Market, formerly a Nabisco cookie factory (of Oreo fame), today an upscale mall featuring excellent food.
Written January 11, 2014
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daanddo
Lehigh Valley, PA922 contributions
Friends
Where else in New York can you find amazing baked goods (and I mean truly worth the calories), Bahn Mi sandwiches, fresh cooked lobster, Thai food, crepes, Asian fusion (Buddakan), an oyster bar, book store, clothing shops, high quality local meats, a vegetable/fruit market, an herb/spice seller that reminds me of a stall in a turkish souk, Gelato, fantastic soups (Senegalese chicken with peanuts -yum), cheeses, wine and more under one roof ? The only challenge is that, especially on weekends it is very crowded and finding a open table or getting in the bathroom without a long line is near impossible
Written December 6, 2013
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Christos
Thessaloniki, Greece4,919 contributions
Solo
Great area in the middle of the High Line attraction.Is safe with police and very clean.You can visit the unique market and go back to High Line again.
Written January 22, 2019
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Erik S
12 contributions
Couples
The New York City land mark that runs from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street was once an eye sore to the community of Chelsea Manhattan. It is now one of Chelsea’s favorite past times for many New Yorkers and tourist.

It was built in 1930 and its purpose was to carry merchandise to stores along the west side by train. The railway was elevated to reduce interference with street traffic. The trains that carried the merchandise were able to conveniently stop inside of the buildings they were delivering to. The last 3 car train made its turkey delivery in 1980.The railway was abandoned for over two decades after its last delivery.

The Giuliani administration unsuccessfully attempted to tear the railway down in the early 1990s. In 2001 architect Casey Jones along with organizations, Design Trust, and Friends of the Highline conducted research for, “Reclaiming the Highline.” In 2002 Friends of the Highline gained the city’s support to reuse the Highline railway as a city park. The designers were the architecture firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and landscape architect James Corner of Field Operations. They did a superb job constructing the park.

On June 9th 2009 the beautiful, elevated High Line Park was born to Chelsea Manhattan. You must visit! Well maintained colorful flowers and trees cover the elongated park. Some railroad tracks were left in the walkway of the park. The tracks give off that Old New York historic feel. As you lose yourself in the park the overlook of 10th Avenues fluster of traffic will remind you that you are in the greatest city in the world. You’ll feel the soothing cool breeze of vibrant fresh air from the opposite overlook of the Hudson River; there is no better view. There are several benches in the park that are usually occupied by studying students, sun bathers, and tourist taking a load off, but no worries; there are more than enough seats.

For your convenience there is a state of the art bathroom located about midway through the park and there are several elevators to take you to the ground floor. There are vendors selling trinkets and keepsakes, as well as a restaurant.

The aroma of fresh flowers will continue teasing your senses throughout your relaxing stroll through the park.

When it’s time to unwind there are several coffee shops, bars, and clubs just beneath the park. Winter park hours are from 7:00 am to 8:00pm, spring, summer, and fall hours are from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. There are so many things to enjoy at High Line Park. Chelsea is alive, and it’s a great place to visit!

For other interesting reviews go to https://www.facebook.com/#!/eriksbook. Perhaps we can be frinds.

Erik Smalls
Written May 7, 2015
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Susan P
Piermont, NY163 contributions
Couples
Chelsea is a hidden gem in New York. There is no question that the museums in the city are outstanding by any measure, but there is something very distinctive in the style of the Chelsea galleries. The galleries vary in their offerings, but there is always something interesting and thought provoking from the galleries in this area. You can walk into any one and have an experience you never might have seen somewhere else. Get a copy of the New York Times on Friday for all listings of activities in the city and explore in Chelsea. It is grand.
Written March 17, 2015
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