Chelsea, located from Sixth Avenue (the Avenue of the Americas) to the Hudson River, between West 14th Street and West 34th Street, has undergone a marked revival in recent years. It began its life in 1750, as a farm, purchased by British Major Thomas Clarke. Clark dubbed it “Chelsea,” after the Chelsea Royal Hospital and Old Soldiers’ Home in London. Known as the founding father of Chelsea, Clement Clarke Moore, Clark’s grandson and author of “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” developed the area as a suburb, surrounding it with gardens. His legacy can still be found in a few building regulations that still endure.
Long home to the famous "flower district" (between 27th and 30th Streets) and the currently under construction landmark Chelsea Hotel - a haven for leading artists, musicians and literary figures like Mark Twain (and of course, the late Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious) – other Chelsea landmarks include Madison Square Garden, the world-famous sports arena complex, Chelsea Market, an upscale food court and mall located in what used to be Nabisco Factories, where the Oreo Cookie was invented, and International Toy Center, a complex of buildings that is a hub for US toy manufacturers and distributors.
A sort of chic, northern cousin to the West Village, Chelsea attracts many young professionals with its proximity to Midtown, all public transportation, movie theaters, bistros and family entertainment. The world-famous Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex offers basketball courts, a golf driving range, live music, a microbrewery and even riding stables within its renovated waterfront stretch between 17th and 23rd Streets (where the Titanic was headed on its ill-fated voyage). Blocks away, the super hip Meatpacking District, with its velvet rope club scene and notorious bars, like the original Hogs ‘n’ Heiffer (the inspiration for the movie, "Coyote Ugly") draws scores to its cobble-stoned streets each night.
One of the biggest attractions in the neighborhood is the High Line, which was transformed from a decaying railroad track on Manhattan’s West Side to a lush urban garden in the sky in 2009. Stretching from the bloodstained streets of the Meatpacking District to the bottom of Hell’s Kitchen, this elevated park has a unique vantage on the city and for nearly a mile and a half; visitors and locals mingle, taking in killer views of the Hudson River, Lower Manhattan, and the Statue of Liberty.
Chelsea boasts some of the city's most fashionable nightlife, including famous clubs such as Club Avalon, Spirit, 1OAK and Marquee and bars such as The Lotus Bar, Flatiron Lounge, and Chelsea Brewing Company (located at Chelsea Piers). It is also home to famous off-Broadway theaters such as the Atlantic Theater Company, and Manhattan Class Company (MCC), as well as dance performances at Dance Theater Workshop and Joyce Theater, and movie theatres such as Chelsea Cinemas. For a laugh, head over to Gotham Comedy Club on 23rd St. and 8th Avenue for a Standup Comedy Show featuring some of the country’s top comics. Chelsea also hosts a number of annual festivals, such as Chelsea Market After Dark (the New York City wine and food festival), the Cask Ale Festival, the Coffee and Tea Festival, and the Hudson River Park Oyster Festival.
Known for being an area in which art thrives, Chelsea is home to more than 350 cutting-edge art galleries and exhibition spaces, as well as the Chelsea Art Museum, Yeshiva University Museum, and the Rubin Museum of Art, which focuses on Himalayan art. As a trendy neighborhood of art and culture, Chelsea also attracts a large, thriving gay community.
In addition, Chelsea is full of great artist's lofts. Condo conversions are all the rage, and in the past Chelsea generally had fewer high-rises than many other parts of Manhattan; West Chelsea is experiencing a surge in development, with many new buildings soaring near The High Line. Some of those buildings include Zara Hadid’s sleek condominium located at 520 West 28th St. Bjarke Ingels’ highly anticipated double twisting condos at the XI are also making a mark in the new development in the area. The area still offers its signature unique, large floor plans, original details, high ceilings and windows, and stunning façades. Other top condos include The Porter House, The O’Neill Building, The Chelsea Mercantile, Chelsea Atelier, 100 Eleventh Avenue, The Dance Building, 245 Tenth Avenue, The Steiner Building, and 360 Tenth Avenue.
Transportation in and out of the neighborhood is available in a number of forms. Chelsea is serviced by MTA subway lines A, C, E, B, D, F, V, 1, 2, and 3, as well as numerous bus routes. To get in and out of the city, Penn Station also provides service via the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), New Jersey Bus Transit, and Amtrak Trains.
Some museums and schools in Chelsea:
Chelsea Art Museum: http://www.chelseaartmuseum.org
Yeshiva University Museum: http://www.yumuseum.org/
Rubin Museum of Art: http://www.rmanyc.org/
Corlears School: http://www.corlearsschool.org
Fashion High School: http://fashionhighschool.net/
New York City Guitar School: http://www.nycguitarschool.com/
College of Technology: http://www.tcicollege.edu/
Apex Technical School: http://www.apextechnical.com/main.htm