Chelsea is one of the most vibrant and cultured neighborhoods on Manhattan’s West Side. The neighborhood’s historic district gives way to charming brownstones, and new shops regularly pop up on every block. Renowned restaurants and bars are on nearly every corner.
Chelsea is currently one of the most coveted areas in the city – even Google’s New York office has found a home here. But even as rent prices climb, the neighborhood holds on to its easy-breezy, “anything goes” attitude. As one of the leading visual arts neighborhoods in New York, Chelsea is home to dozens of awe-inspiring galleries. Chelsea also has a rich history as a leading LGBTQ community, and it’s the kickoff point for the annual New York City Pride March, one of the largest Pride events in the country.
In recent years, Chelsea has also made a name for itself as a high-end shopping haven for clientele who prefer a different vibe than Fifth Avenue’s stately shops. World-class designers have storefronts here, and luxury consignment shops in Chelsea are absolute treasure troves. Barneys New York, an Upper East Side fixture, even opened a massive store location in Chelsea.
Of course, you can’t go to Chelsea without considering the High Line. This innovative above-ground park is built on a former rail line, and its creative use of space attracts visitors from around the world. On the High Line, you’ll catch beautiful landscaping, awesome public art, and free views of some of the city’s most famous skyscrapers. After exploring the park, you can duck into Chelsea Market right off the park’s entrance for a culinary experience worth writing home about.
What To See In Chelsea
- The High Line
- Chelsea Market
- The Flower District
(28th St btw 6th Ave & 7th Ave)
- Local Art Galleries
- The Chelsea Hotel
- The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre