at a Glance:
for the 18th century country estate that later gave the
neighborhood its name, Chelsea eventually grew to encompass
the city's first theater and shopping districts, later
spiraling down into an urban slum and infamous red light
district during the 1920's and 30's.
one of Manhattan's hippest neighborhoods, Chelsea roughly
extends from 14th Street to 34th Street from Sixth Avenue
west to the Hudson River, offering visitors a mix of luxury
hi-rises, tenements & brownstones, trendy art galleries,
a thriving gay scene, and after-hours clubs frequently
visited by the rich and famous.
Piers is most famous citywide for its sprawling recreational
facility on the Hudson River offering kids & adults
a chance to golf, bowl, skate, rock climb and more.
architectural landmarks include the Chelsea Historic District
with neighborhood walking tours of the area's original
18th century architecture.
don't miss, on 23rd Street, the still-bedraggled Hotel
Chelsea which was once home to a who's who of famous
writers, artists and musicians. More infamously, it was
Charles R. Jackson, author of "The Lost Weekend",
who did away with himself in his room at the Chelsea in
1968. Ten years later, it was also here that Nancy Spungen
met her fate at the hands of boyfriend rocker Sid Vicious.
to Chelsea by Subway: Take the A,C, or E train to
14th, 23rd or 34th; F to 23rd; 1,2,3,9 to 14th or 34th,
1 or 9 to 18th or 23rd; the L shuttle to 14th
to Chelsea by Bus: Take the crosstown M23 bus at 23rd
Street with a direct route to the Chelsea Piers.