Chelsea is a predominantly residential neighborhood on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The area contains the Chelsea Historic District and its extension includes attractive blocks containing examples of period architecture. The western part of Chelsea has recently become a hub of the New York art world, with many art galleries located in both new buildings and warehouses. In the last few years, Chelsea has experienced a new construction boom, with projects by renowned architects such as Shigeru Ban, Neil Denari, Jean Nouvel, and Frank Gehry. There are countless amenities in the vicinity, including banks, convenience stores, retail outlets, libraries, parks and restaurants, making this the ideal location in which to base a business.
Setting up your business here
The ethnic and social diversity of the area's population is reflected by the wide range of independent retail stores within Chelsea. Ethnic restaurants, delis and clothing boutiques are plentiful. Chelsea has become an alternative shopping destination with Barneys CO-OP - which replaced the much larger original Barneys flagship store - Comme des Garçons, and Balenciaga boutiques, as well as being in close proximity to Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Christian Louboutin. West Chelsea has become a new global center of contemporary art, and is home to hundreds of art galleries and many artist studios. There are copious networking opportunities with like-minded professionals and public transport around the area is fast and efficient.
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Things to do in Chelsea
Since the 1990’s, Chelsea has become a center of the New York art world, as many art galleries moved to this area from SoHo. There are more than 350 art galleries that are home to modern art from both upcoming artists and respected artists. Chelsea is home to the Rubin Museum of Art, which has a focus on Himalayan art, the Graffiti Research Lab and New York Live Arts . Chelsea Market is situated within a restored historic factory, and hosts a variety of shopping and dining options, including bakeries, a fish market and a wine store. Restaurants and trendy bars adorn the streets of Chelsea and The Breslin Bar & Dining Room is a favorite among locals and professionals alike, due to the fine-dining menu and intimate setting. Del Posto, situated on Tenth Avenue, is known for its upmarket Italian cuisine. Raines Law Room is a trendy bar located in the heart of Chelsea, and offers an extensive cocktail menu in a sophisticated venue, whilst the Chelsea Brewing Company provides an insight into the brewing process, with an optional tasting process to follow!
- Subways: 28th Street Station
- Railway: Penn Station
- Nearest freeway: I-495
- Nearest airports: LaGuardia Airport, Newark Airport
- Other: All major bus routes served nearby