Chelsea in Manhattan NY


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Culture Life of Chelsea

Chelsea is a hotspot for nightlife in New York City. The infamous 27th Street (AKA: "Club Row") holds some of the cities most notorious clubs such as Marquee, Cain, Bungalow 8, Home, Guesthouse, Pink Elephant, and B.E.D (closed). These nightclubs have become especially popular because of the celebrity sightings. Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Fergie, and many others are regulars at many of these clubs; thus, creating such tough doors.

Chelsea has it all – nightlife, art, shopping, and recreation at the Piers. And, of course, a happening gay scene. No wonder those enormous luxury rental buildings have sprung up all over the neighborhood. With them have come more families and an Olive Garden (New Yorkers say they’re too cool for the Olive Garden, but that place is packed every night).

Chelsea Boundaries:

Chelsea stretches from 15th Street to 34th Street (give or take) between the Hudson River and Sixth Ave.

Chelsea Transportation

Subway: A,C, and E to 14th, 23rd or 34th; F to 23rd; 1,2,3,9 to 14th or 34th, 1 or 9 only to 18th or 23rd; L to 14th, PATH train to 14th, 23rd, and 34th.

Bus: The M23 goes cross-town on 23rd and directly to the Chelsea Piers. The M11 goes uptown (slowly) on Tenth Avenue and downtown on Ninth Avenue. The M10 goes uptown on Eighth Avenue and downtown on Seventh Avenue.

Chelsea has recently become a melting pot of many cultures. Above 23rd Street, by the Hudson River, the neighborhood is industrial or post-industrial, featuring the newly-hip High Line that follows the river all through Chelsea. Eighth Avenue is a center for gay culture, and from 20th to 22nd street between Ninth and Tenth avenue, mid-nineteenth century brick and brownstone townhouses are still occupied, a few even restored to private use.

Since the mid-1990s, Chelsea has become a center of the New York art scene, as an increasing number of art galleries have moved there from SoHo. From 16th Street to 27th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, there are more than 200 art galleries that are home to modern art from upcoming artists and respected artists as well.[2] Along with the art galleries, Chelsea is also home to the somewhat well known Graffiti Research Lab. There are many new developments in Chelsea, including a new nine-storey tower with shaped glass front on West St. designed by Frank Gehry.

The district was first added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 (District #77000954), and later expanded to include contiguous blocks containing particularly significant examples of period architecture in 1982 (District #82001190).

Chelsea is a hotspot for nightlife in New York City. The infamous 27th Street (AKA: "Club Row") holds some of the cities most notorious clubs such as Marquee, Cain, Bungalow 8, Home, Guesthouse, Pink Elephant, and B.E.D (closed). These nightclubs have become especially popular because of the celebrity sightings. Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Fergie, and many others are regulars at many of these clubs; thus, creating such tough doors.

Chelsea Parks and Recreation:

Parks and Recreation: The Chelsea Piers has something for everyone – golf, bowling, skating, batting cages, and rock climbing. Kids’ programs include soccer, gymnastics, baseball, and more. You’ll also find a fitness center and a deluxe spa. Take your bike or roller-blades down to the Hudson River Esplanade for more green grass and river views.

Chelsea Art Scene:

Chelsea is the art capital of New York with more than 200 galleries. They dot the West Chelsea streets between 20th and 28th. Some of the most famous include the Gagosian Gallery on West 24th, the Matthew Marks Gallery on West 22nd, and the Sonnabend on West 22nd. Plan a gallery tour to see more of Chelsea’s art community.

Landmarks in Chelsea

Chelsea Piers - The Chelsea Piers were the city's primary luxury cruise terminal from 1910 until 1935. The RMS Titanic was headed to Pier 60 at the piers and the RMS Carpathia brought survivors to Pier 54 in the complex. The northern piers are now part of an entertainment and sports complex operated by Roland W. Betts.

General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in its college-like close, sometimes called "Chelsea Square", a city block of tree-shaded lawns between 9th and 10th Avenues and between West 20th and West 21st Streets. The campus is ringed by more than a dozen brick and brownstone buildings in Gothic Revival style. The oldest building on the campus dates from 1836. Most of the rest were designed as a group by architect Charles Coolidge Haight, under the guidance of the Dean, Augustus Hoffman.

Hotel Chelsea - The hotel attracted attention to the neighborhood as the site of Dylan Thomas's death in 1953 and the slaying of Nancy Spungen by "accused" Sid Vicious in 1978. The Hotel has been the home of numerous celebrities and the subject of books, films (Chelsea Girls, 1966) and music.

Hudson River Park - The entire Hudson River waterfront from 59th Street to the Battery including most of associated piers are now a combination state and city park and are undergoing a massive renovation.

High Line - The High Line is an elevated rail line that was once used to handle freight from the waterfront. Originally slated to be torn down because it created an industrial atmosphere in the neighborhood it is now being converted into an elevated park by New York Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

London Terrace - The apartment complex on West 23rd was one of the world's largest apartment blocks when it opened in 1930, with a swimming pool, solarium, gymnasium, and doormen dressed as London bobbies.

Penn South - A large limited-equity housing cooperative built by the United Housing Foundation and financed by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union covering six city blocks, between 8th and 9th Avenue and 23rd and 29th Street.

Empire Diner - An art moderne diner designed by Fodero and built in 1946, altered in 1979 by Carl Laanes. Located at 210 Tenth Avenue at 22nd Street, it has been seen in several movies and mentioned in Billy Joel´s song "Great Wall of China".


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