You can't really say that you've seen New York City until you've walked through the various neighborhoods. Each has its own story, unique vibe, and 'je ne sais quoi' that separates it from the rest of the city, and Chelsea is no exception. Here on any given day, you can turn your head to see Anna Wintour walking down the street, or Mario Cantone living like Carrie Bradshaw, bar hopping with his friends. Chelsea is a safe and affluent residential community, but with treats tempting tourists along every block.
Located West of Broadway to the Hudson River from 34th to 14th street, Chelsea surrounds the Meatpacking district, Hudson Yards, and the Flatiron District. It's an area of great accessibility, allowing for plenty of walking but also plenty of public transport, with the 1,2, and 3 trains located on 7th Avenue and the A, B, C, and L lines located on 8th.
The foundations of Chelsea are built upon the concepts of love, happiness, and acceptance — legacies left behind from the large groups of LGBT communities who migrated to the area in the 1970's. To this day, the friendly and welcoming vibe still holds true, and essentially anything goes. That, and everyone is almost always impeccably dressed.
Over the years, Chelsea has been developing rapidly with new restaurants, galleries, sporting venues and shopping spots. The High Line is one of the area's biggest draws, acting as an elevated walkway and respite from the busy streets for both locals and visitors. Should you wish to stretch beyond a simple walk, the Chelsea Piers offer a suburban-like approach to fitness, with classes, a hockey rink, bowling alley, and even a driving range all overlooking the Hudson River. If you're more of an observer than an active participant, a trip to Madison Square Garden ought to suffice, with the New York Knicks and New York Rangers both calling this centrally-located stadium home.
But Chelsea's community goes far beyond its athleticism. The arts scene is the area's biggest claim to fame, with people from all over coming to soak up the galleries that line the streets, and to mingle with the industry's elite. Whether you're traipsing the halls of the Whitney Museum of American Art or hitting the streets between 19th and 22nd (in-between 11th and 12th avenue), artistic works abound, and the very best can be seen in the David Zwirner Gallery and Luhring Augustine Gallery.
When it comes to food, Chelsea is home to bustling markets, countless trendy cafes and restaurants, and one of the greatest indoor food halls in the world. The Chelsea Market boasts 35 different vendors selling everything from coffee to wine, tacos to donuts, and burgers to Chinese food. Each year around 6 million visitors come to taste the creations within these walls, and each year 6 million leave with smiles on their faces and bellies full of tasty bites. Just two blocks away is an open-air option, the Gansevoort Market, where New Yorkers have purchased produce ever since it first opened in 1884.
For those who prefer to wine, dine, and settle in for hours on end, Cafeteria is one of the area's most popular restaurants, located on 17th and 7th Avenue. Visited by some of the world's biggest celebrities (yes, Kim Kardashian has been known to eat here), you'll want to dress to impress. Luckily, Barneys New York expanded into Chelsea just last year, taking up real estate right next to the famed foodie venue.
As the dusk turns to darkness and the clatter of cutlery fades away, nightlife in Chelsea tends to take over. Some of New York's hottest clubs are located within these borders, like PhD Rooftop at the Dream Hotel, or Le Bain at the Standard. It's at these, and at Tao Downtown and the Gilded Lily, that you'll be guaranteed a good time and a lengthy night out.