Welcome to Chelsea

The cultural hub of downtown Manhattan
New York City has a few fantastic art centers, and Chelsea is one of them. This dynamic neighborhood plays an ongoing role in bringing art and culture to the East Coast with its hundreds of galleries.
Chelsea began as a Native American trading post and farmland in the 1700s. Then it became a wealthy residential area in the early 1800s that slipped into industrialization. Then it transitioned into a small theater district and then to an artists’ community — Chelsea has seen it all. This powerhouse of a neighborhood has evolved into a beloved arts and culture center with mainly residential buildings and a bohemian lifestyle. A diverse group of people live and thrive in an equally diverse culture.
Today, Chelsea attracts artists and art lovers, but its eclectic nature and dynamic population have also wooed many other businesses. There are theaters, nightclubs, bars and lounges, trendy boutiques, unusual shops, fine-dining restaurants, delis, museums, and the fabulouS Hudson River Park. Then there’s The High Line, an elevated park with a walkway surrounded by greenery and great views of the whole neighborhood. The housing in Chelsea includes luxury condominiums, posh townhouses, and luxurious row houses.

What to Love 

  • Lazy strolls in the Hudson River Park
  • Many fine-dining restaurants, cafes, delis, and boutiques
  • A walker’s paradise with quiet streets and a residential feel
  • Breathtaking public art and sculpture, indoors and out
  • The floating art and nature park, Little Island
  • Excellent public transportation

Local Lifestyle

Grab a cup of coffee and go for a walk on The High Line. View the neighborhood while walking the promenade and enjoying the greenery around you. Head for lunch at a trendy little deli, enjoying street musicians on the way. Everything you need is at your fingertips, so owning a car is optional and unnecessary. Enjoy the street art as you walk around, poking in and out of boutiques, and then spend the rest of the afternoon on Little Island. Take in a show at night or go dancing at a nightclub.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The eclectic and unusual Tao is a multilevel restaurant. It is famous for its fine Asian fare and is a hopping nightclub. Continuing with sizzling Asian food, Buddakan offers scintillating flavors in a dramatic setting of chandeliers and 16th-century Parisian art. You can’t beat the Cookshop for farm-fresh American food, and rumor has it their “spit-roasted half chicken” is delicious.

Chelsea Market is a one-stop place for restaurants, delis, bakeries, wine bars, ice cream shops, art galleries, music stores, clothing stores, gift shops, bookstores, and live music. It will take you years to do this place justice and see everything. City Winery New York at Pier 57 has excellent food and fantastic wine while providing the perfect venue for live music, comedy, and performance art. Go for food and shows or become a member of their exclusive wine club.

Things to Do

Little Island is a floating art and nature park on the Hudson River. It includes seasonal greenery, meandering paths that make their way over and around sloping hills, and breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the city. There is also live music, dancing, poetry, and other performance art at Little Island and along the Hudson River.

The Rubin Museum of Art is dedicated to promoting the Himalayan region’s ideas, cultures, and art. This is done through their collections, rotating exhibits, the Mandala Lab for meditation, and hands-on programs and lectures.


Chelsea is served by the New York City Department of Education and is notable for the following schools.

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