Chelsea (50)

Renowned art galleries, trendy night spots, lovely terraces for sipping a cappuccino and shops, lots of shops. And all with some reminiscence of its former rural character. The Chelsea neighbourhood of New York, like the one in London, has been a magnet for artists, writers, professionals and bohemians in general, who during the 20th century have managed to transform their labour into a desired neighbourhood.

Until the 19th century, it was not much more than a family farm owned by Clement Clarke Moore, clergyman, teacher and writer. It was around 1830 when, to cope with the rapid growth of the city, Moore decided to divide the land plots with exceptional skill, and their urban planning laid the foundations for the creation of quiet residential areas. Today, Chelsea stretches from the Hudson River to Sixth Avenue and from 14th Street to 34th. 

On the other hand, the railroad that had settled on 11th Avenue in the 18th century was closed in 1930, so the area has wonderful remnants of its industrial past that have been restored, such as department stores and old buildings. All located around what was the railroad line: between Eighth and Tenth Avenues and streets 20-25. This is the Historic District of Chelsea.

Chelsea is also known worldwide for its large gay community housing shops, clubs and restaurants on Eighth Avenue and the classic Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.

As you can see the neighbourhood is very interesting. Do not miss the famous Chelsea Hotel at 222 of 23rd, where celebrities such as Stanley Kubrick, Robert Mapplethorpe or Frida Kahlo have stayed, or the Chelsea Art Museum, home of the Miotte Foundation.

In addition to strolling through its countless art galleries west of Tenth Avenue, we recommend visiting the different Chelsea markets. If you like antiques, do not miss the Antiques Garage located at 112 2nd Street. It is full of relics. Visit the Flower District on 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, a festival for the eyes and nose. And of them all, a must visit is Chelsea Market at 75 Ninth Avenue. This is the former Nabisco cookie factory, which incidentally baked the first Oreo cookie in 1912, transformed into a wonderful gourmet market with specialities from around the world.

And finally, one last tip. If it is Saturday or Sunday, you are in luck. Because on the corners of Sixth Avenue and 24th-26th streets there is one of the largest and most popular markets in New York. Definitely a good chance to grab a bargain or a different and special souvenir of the city. 

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