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Favorite Walk in Chelsea

"Walk West down 21st St starting at 9th Ave and pass the Seminary which is often ringing "church" bells. What a great sound while heading toward the HighLine."
Greg Stephen
Greg                 Stephen
Downtown on the West Side, from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River between 14th Street and 34th Street, and from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River between 34th Street and 42nd Street.

Historically, Chelsea and Hudson Yards has served up grit and glamour in equal measures. In these dynamic neighborhoods, new luxury high-rises, a booming nightlife and sophisticated art galleries give way to modest townhouses and quiet residential streets. Chelsea’s creativity meets the energy of Midtown at Hudson Yards. Historic in scope and ambition, Hudson Yards is a prime 28-acre destination overlooking the Hudson River in the middle of it all.

Living in Chelsea/Hudson Yards

Historically, Chelsea has served up grit and glamour in equal measures. In this dynamic neighborhood, new luxury high-rises, a booming nightlife and sophisticated art galleries give way to modest townhouses and quiet residential streets. Chelsea’s former warehouses are now sleek galleries and its abandoned railway has made way for the High Line park, one of Manhattan’s newest and most visited attractions. Residents include a blend of old-timers, young artists and an international crowd. Michelin-starred restaurants sit next door to trendy taco stands, and traditional walk-ups are neighbors with glitzy high-rises. It’s all part of Chelsea's dynamic evolution.

Chelsea’s creativity meets the energy of Midtown at Hudson Yards. Historic in scope and ambition, Hudson Yards is a prime 28-acre destination overlooking the Hudson River in the middle of it all -- cutting-edge culture, fashion, dining, and imaginative parks encircling innovative architecture and world-class luxury residences. Hudson Yards will add 14 acres of new parks, plazas and open spaces forming the center of a network of parks and green spaces that integrates Hudson Yards into the West Side’s cultural coast.

This central location is ringed by three parks providing residents access to the 500 waterfront acres of Hudson River Park, as well as the new Hudson Park & Boulevard and the High Line. Chelsea/Hudson Yards unites the best New York has to offer, in one exceptional place.

Chelsea/Hudson Yards real estate

Some of the most in-demand Chelsea luxury apartments are located on its far west side, near the High Line. Sleek glass condominiums with minimalist interiors climb into the sky, overlooking the river and city. These lofty apartments contrast with the more charming 19th-century townhouses and the sprawling converted warehouses that also abound in the neighborhood. Evidently, Chelsea real estate runs the gamut of styles and price points. Dating back to 1929, the sprawling London Terrace sits at the luxury end of the scale and includes common gardens and a pool. Meanwhile, more traditional brownstones can be found between Seventh and Ninth Avenues.

Hudson Yards offers a neighborhood committed to performance and living well. Get energized at SoulCycle or the new flagship Equinox or rejuvenate at the innovative Equinox-branded luxury hotel and spa. Wellness will be infused in all aspects of Hudson Yards and will be evident in the many healthy living and environmentally sustainable features of its residences.

Chelsea/Hudson Yards history

Chelsea has undergone many transformations throughout the years, with each generation leaving their own individual mark. British Major Thomas Clarke, who purchased the site in 1750, named it after London’s Chelsea neighborhood. At first a thriving port and industrial zone, it eventually transformed into a residential area as upmarket blocks of townhouses sprang up in the 1820s. Various waves of immigrants passed through in the 20th century, and the LGBT community flocked to Chelsea in the 1970s, making it Manhattan’s gay mecca. With the arrival of the Dia Center for the Arts in the ‘80s, artists followed.

Today’s Chelsea has gone through a major period of regeneration with the arrival of the High Line. This has led to a property boom and the construction of high-profile developments designed by big names like Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry.

Chelsea/Hudson Yards restaurants

Award-winning eateries, artisan sandwich shops and inviting market stalls are just some of the dining options in Chelsea. At the higher end of the neighborhood’s foodie scene, dine on minimalistic sashimi or inventive fusion concoctions at Morimoto. This Japanese venture from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto dishes up reliably excellent seafood prepared in innovative ways. Other celebrity chef-helmed restaurants in the area include Mario Batali’s Del Posto and Tom Colicchio’s Colicchio and Sons.

Chelsea Market is home to the popular Los Tacos No. 1, where throngs of diners line up for sizzling tacos and cool aguas frescas. On this block, you’ll find every type of cuisine imaginable both within the market and tucked into Chelsea’s side streets, including a restaurant devoted entirely to meatballs.

Also home to great taste, Hudson Yards is slated to become the new culinary capital of New York City. Experience the best culinary offerings with 16 different options to suit every taste, Hudson Yards features a sensational array of dining choices from some of the world’s most prominent chefs curated by Chef Thomas Keller of the Restaurant Collection. Residents also have the best of New York’s dining scene at their doorstep, with the unique restaurants and cafés of Chelsea, the Meatpacking District and Midtown steps away.

Chelsea/Hudson Yards nightlife

When the gallery doors close, Chelsea heats up. Marked only by an ‘open’ neon sign, The Tippler is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it bar underneath Chelsea Market, with well-groomed staff and handcrafted cocktails. The Highline Ballroom draws a variety of rock, pop and jazz artists, and on Saturday nights it transforms into a thumping nightclub. Comedy clubs also populate the nightlife in this neighborhood. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, famous for launching the careers of many a big-name comic, showcases nightly improv and stand-up. Dance enthusiasts can visit the Joyce Theater, a hallowed city venue that brings tango and jazz dance performances to the clued-in, artsy crowd. Many Chelsea bars cater specially to a gay clientele. Barracuda, for instance, is a legendary lounge with live drag shows, while the Eagle draws in crowds for its rooftop barbecues.

Chelsea/Hudson Yards shopping

Thanks to an abundance of bohemian residents and visitors, there’s an artistic slant to many shops in Chelsea. Non-profit store Printed Matter, Inc. is home to an impressive inventory of roughly 40,000 artists’ books and magazines and holds regular events, exhibitions and book launches to serve the artist community. 192 Books sells a wider range of genres, with a particularly impressive children’s book selection.

And Chelsea Market is more than just a place to have lunch. It’s one of the most important shopping and entertainment facilities in the neighborhood, serving as the headquarters for the Food Network and featuring quirky gift shops, exposed-brick walls and a staggering variety of eateries.

Seven levels of world-class shopping meets stylish West Chelsea. Hudson Yards ushers in an unprecedented retail experience with over one million square feet of boutiques, anchored by the city’s first flagship Neiman Marcus. Surrounded by the eclectic boutiques of Chelsea, the Elkus Manfredi-designed space is a seven level shopping experience combining global fashion icons and cutting-edge independent shops for a curated assortment. Home to global fashion headquarters, chic showrooms and popular boutiques, New York City’s West Side has become an international shopping destination.

Chelsea/Hudson Yards attractions

The High Line sits on a set of old train tracks spanning the distance between Gansevoort and 34th Street. Perched 30 feet in the air, this festive boardwalk and park allows visitors to see the city from above, admiring its views and relaxing in seating areas. If you prefer a pathway closer to the ground, the Hudson River Greenway provides an unbroken trail skirting along the water. This leads you to Chelsea Piers, a 28-acre sports complex on the waterfront between West 17th and West 23rd streets. Yoga, ice-skating, rock climbing, bowling and golf are just a few activities you can get involved in here. Art galleries draw the alternative crowd to Chelsea today, but the Chelsea Hotel has long played an important role in the underground scene. First opened in 1883, the hotel has hosted a bevy of rock-and-rollers including Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Deemed a New York City landmark in 1966, it’s due to reopen its doors in 2017. Chelsea museums include the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Rubin Museum of Art.

Chelsea/Hudson Yards art galleries

The New York City art scene is world-famous, and Chelsea is its beating heart, with over 200 art galleries lining west Tenth and Eleventh avenues. The Gagosian Gallery and the David Zwirner Gallery exhibit works by the art world’s most glittering stars, from Jeff Koons to Julian Schnabel. Many galleries throw open their doors to the public for openings, where you can rub shoulders with international collectors and view art by established names as well as up-and-comers.

Manhattan’s Hudson River waterfront has become a hotbed of creative pursuits. The newly relocated Whitney Museum of American Art and over 350 art galleries have made West Chelsea the center of New York’s art world, along with the Shed – a new forthcoming center for artistic invention.

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