Situated on the southwest side of Midtown Manhattan, Chelsea has changed considerably in recent years. Encompassing the area west of 6th Avenue from 14th Street up to 31st, the area was once a locus of industry, with many factories and other industrial buildings occupying the blocks along the Hudson River. Chelsea's explosive growth began in the 1990s and continues today, with new towers expanding the neighborhood as far north as Madison Square Garden. While the northern part of the neighborhood is still a gritty commercial and industrial zone, the rest of the neighborhood has been rapidly gentrifying.

Today, Chelsea has a huge concentration of art galleries and is a popular dining and nightlife district, with the area along 8th Avenue being the center of gay social life in Manhattan. Old industrial structures have found new life as parks, most notably the well-received High Line, built atop a defunct railway, and the Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River, now a huge sports and recreation complex. At the southern end of Chelsea is the Meatpacking District, a small district along the Hudson just south of 14th that was once a major center of meatpacking firms before becoming the hip, trendy neighborhood of today, with nightclubs and high-end boutiques occupying the old industrial spaces. A wave of new construction continues to sweep through the area, transforming this old industrial area into an upscale entertainment destination.

Get in

Chelsea Map

Via subway, there are many lines serving the neighborhood. The A, C, and E lines run under 8th Avenue and stop at 14th St., with the C and E also stopping at 23rd St. Under 7th Avenue run the 1, 2, and 3 lines, with the 1 stopping at 14th St., 18th St., 23rd St., and 28th St., and the 2 and 3 stopping just at 14th St. The F and M lines stop along 6th Ave., stopping at 14th St. and 23rd St. The L train runs east from its terminal at 14th St. and 8th Ave., also stopping at 6th Ave. The 7 line terminates at 34th St. and 11th Ave. on the northern edge of Chelsea, at the northern end of the High Line.

There is ample bus service: north-south routes on every avenue and east-west crosstown buses on the larger streets (14th and 23rd), though they can be slow, especially at peak hours.


Chelsea is home to over 300 art galleries. The mid-20s between 10th and 11th Avs. (for example, 25th St.) is the new hot art area. Walk around and see the shows that are up. Check gallery schedules and shows here.


Live theater and dance

Victorian-style street in Chelsea

Improv & sketch comedy


One of the Meatpacking District's many converted buildings


Looking up Sixth Avenue from 23rd Street




St. Vincent de Paul Church at 123 West 23rd Street




Go next

Chelsea lies in the shadow of Midtown's Theater District, just to the north with its many attractions and iconic landmarks. Just past Madison Square Garden lies the Garment District, with the bright lights of Times Square further beyond. On the Hudson River sits the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86 on the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, which features a prototype NASA space shuttle, restored jets, and a WWII helicopter.

Union Square is cross-town from Chelsea and definitely worth seeing. There are holiday shops during the winter, a kids summer concert series. and the Greenmarket throughout the warmer months.

If you're up for a subway or cab ride, Greenwich Village is a short ride south. At the center of the neighborhood is Washington Square Park, always filled with street musicians and a great spot for people watching. The Washington Arch is a must-see while in Manhattan.

Routes through Chelsea

Bronx Theater District  N  S  Greenwich Village Financial District
Upper Manhattan Theater District  N  S  Greenwich Village Financial District
END  W  E  Gramercy Flatiron/East Village East Brooklyn
Hoboken Greenwich Village  SW  NE  Theater District END
Jersey City Greenwich Village  SW  NE  Theater District END

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