Chelsea is a sprawling neighborhood with architectural styles ranging from commercial lofts to charming townhouses to futuristic new construction. This mish-mash of styles works perfectly as Chelsea sits between the Villages, Flatiron, and Midtown. You can actually see the character of New York change from one Chelsea block to the next.
Chelsea is bordered by Sixth Avenue to the east; 14th Street to the south; the Hudson River to the west; and 30th Street to the north. The eastern and northern sections of the neighborhood contain commercial lofts, many of which have been converted to residential use, similar to Flatiron. The south and middle sections of the neighborhood contain charming row houses that look like they belong in the heart of the Village, but with the occasional mid-rise and modern high-rise building thrown in for good measure. And in West Chelsea, you can find futuristic new construction. Chelsea has something for everyone.
Other notable attractions include Chelsea Market, Chelsea Piers, and the Rubin Museum of Art. The heart of the neighborhood is very convenient to transportation, including the A, B, C, D, E, L, 1, 2, 3, and 7 trains.
West of 9th Avenue and north of 14th Street – excluding the sections of the Meatpacking District that also lie in this area – is a mini-neighborhood that is distinct from the rest of Chelsea. Formerly home to warehouses, loading docks, and abandoned commercial spaces, West Chelsea was revitalized in the 1990’s by artists and gallerists, who were looking for an alternative to rising rents in Soho.
Today, West Chelsea is home to over 200 art galleries, most of which lie between 20th and 28th Streets. It is also home to the High Line Park, which was built on an abandoned, elevated railroad and runs the entire length of the neighborhood. Look here if you want to live close to the action – or if you want new construction.