Bounded by 30th Street to the north, 14th Street to the south, Seventh Avenue to the east, and the Hudson River to the west.
Geographically, Chelsea marks the transition point between midtown and downtown Manhattan. However, this diverse and colorful neighborhood is not merely a bridge, but a major destination. Stylish, creative folks are drawn here for the thriving art scene, the inclusive nightlife and the proliferation of great shopping and restaurants. The area’s ascent to stardom began in the mid-’90s, when big-name art galleries began moving from SoHo to the more affordable industrial spaces near the river.
When the first phase of the walking park known as the High Line opened in 2009, upscale buildings, bistros and boutiques followed, rallying around this elevated swatch of green space that winds through the neighborhood’s central core. There are even more urban delights, including Hudson River Park, the enormous sports and entertainment complex Chelsea Piers and Chelsea Market, an indoor food and shopping complex in the former Nabisco factory.
Once a gritty outpost of tenement buildings and warehouses, Chelsea now features some of New York’s most notable architecture. Renovated brownstones and industrial lofts combine with glass towers to create a compelling residential mix.
Chelsea takes its name from the estate of retired British Major Thomas Clarke, who bought the property in 1750.
The apartment complex known as London Terrace encompasses a full block between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. When it opened in 1930, it featured a pool, gym and doormen dressed as London Bobbies.
During the 50’s and 60’s, the illustrious the Chelsea Hotel was a hotbed of creativity, with residents that included Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith. The building is currently closed for renovations.