About the NeighborhoodArt lovers make pilgrimage to Chelsea for its westerly streets lined in some of the world’s best galleries. Hedonists flock from all over to visit clubs that never seem to close. Expats come in evenings for the surprising breadth of good tapas bars, and Every Tourist Ever just loves the High Line (which he usually visits, it seems, first thing after arriving). Like almost every New York area, Chelsea is varied in its appeal. But unlike the others, it has a vaguely underappreciated aura that stokes fierce loyalty in its neighborhood folk.
“The best you can say is that New York is held together by competing antagonisms that tend to cancel one another out.”
Wake early to have the High Line’s landscaped lawns to yourself.
Gateway to the Meatpacking District and the High Line.
West Chelsea’s galleries show art of every stripe.
Chelsea Market’s Lobster Place peddles meaty crustaceans.
Look for Damien Hirst’s dots at Gagosian Gallery.
Indulging is your only option at Doughnut Plant.
The iconic former home of almost everyone creative.
Where to find food heaven.
People are second to dogs in Chelsea’s social strata.
Gehry’s West 18th Street pile, the IAC Building.