Chelsea’s boundaries are 14th Street to the south, 30th Street to the north and from Sixth Ave west to the Hudson. This neighborhood is primarily residential and housing options range from single-family brownstone to mid-rise walk-ups to luxury condominiums and co-ops.
Known for many years as a diverse and gay-friendly neighborhood, Chelsea is also known for its art scene, with many warehouses and garages in the west having been converted to gallery space. Along with art galleries, the neighborhood also is home to performance spaces such as the Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen, and Chelsea Studios. The Fashion Institute of Technology is located on Seventh Avenue and the Museum at FIT has a collection now holding more than 50,000 garments and accessories. Admission is free.
Along the river, Chelsea Piers offer fun and games for the full-on sports enthusiast as well as the amateur, with batting cages, bowling lanes, a driving range, a climbing wall and various fields and swimming pools. Chelsea Market on Ninth Avenue is a high-end food court (including restaurants by “Iron Chefs” Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto) and shopping complex that is a foodies dream. It’s also home to various television production companies and Google.
A great deal of work has been happening around the High Line, an old elevated train line that is now a stunning and popular park. Starting in the Meatpacking District and running north through Chelsea, the redevelopment of this abandoned and decrepit raised train line into public space has reinvigorated the western sections of the neighborhood and developers have flocked to the area.