Chelsea's boundaries are 14th Street on the south and 34th Street on the north, Sixth Avenue to the east and the Hudson River on the west. But what Chelsea contains within those borders -- from elite shopping to New York City’s most vibrant gallery scene; from high-end dining to revered ethnic food joints; iconic pre-war apartment buildings and new construction condominiums from some of the world’s finest architects -- is nearly limitless. North of Greenwich Village and south of Clinton, with the beloved High Line Park running up 10th Avenue throughout the neighborhood, Chelsea is a neighborhood unlike any other. Adding to the uniqueness of Chelsea is the up-and-coming Linc sub-neighborhood.
Chelsea’s history is written in its architecture. In the 1930s, The London Terrace – located between Ninth and Tenth Avenues – was one of the world’s largest apartment buildings when it opened. Now, shaped-glass buildings by architects such as Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry are the neighborhood’s signature buildings. And yet Chelsea’s past as Manhattan’s industrial hub is evident, as well -- many new Chelsea condominiums have landmarked former industrial spaces as their foundations, and the iconic Chelsea Market offers very contemporary high-end shopping -- and is home to numerous TV studios and soundstages -- in a striking, high-ceilinged space that was once a Nabisco factory.
If you are an art lover, and in Manhattan you almost have to be, the West Chelsea Arts District is home to over 200 galleries and artists’ studios, with such notables as The Gagosian Gallery on West 24th Street and the Sonnabend on West 22nd Street standing out as some of the most important galleries in the United States. Those whose artistic tastes run more towards fashion will have plenty of opportunities to pursue that passion, as well. Chelsea has become a shopping destination with Barneys CO-OP, Comme Des Garcons, and Balenciaga boutiques... as well as the nearby Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Christian Louboutin. A bustling Apple Store, the sprawling Chelsea Piers recreational facility on the Hudson River, and the beloved elevated park The High Line offer diverse diversions, each as impressive as the other. And Chelsea’s nightlife scene -- the neighborhood is both the epicenter of Manhattan’s high-end club scene and New York City’s defining LGBT neighborhood -- is in a class of its own. Old and new and growing into something new by the minute, Chelsea is one of Manhattan’s liveliest neighborhoods -- and, if you were wondering, one of the most searched-for Manhattan neighborhoods on New Construction Manhattan.