Chelsea is well known for its very diverse ethnic and social scene. Whether you have an affinity for the arts, fine dining, or would like to be part of the LGBTQ community, Chelsea will definitely expose you to exotic restaurants and bars that are perfect for a night on the town.
For historic culture, why not visit the Chelsea Hotel? As the Chelsea section of Manhattan developed between the 1830 to the 1880s, the Chelsea Hotel rose on 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenue and was one of the tallest buildings in New York City at the time. The Chelsea Hotel started out as a sactuary for early Bohemia and was home to writers, musicians, artists, and actors. It was notorious for many events, such as the place where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas dies of pneumonia in 1953, or where Sex Pistol’s member, Sid Vicious was thought to have stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen to death.
Another place you should visit if you happen to be around the Chelsea neighborhood, is Chelsea Market. What was once the National Biscuit Company complex, now an indoor market that occupies a food hall, shopping mall, office building, and television production facility. It is home to the Food Network, as well as other famous shows, as the complex also contains a studio inside its winding, exposed-brick walls. The market itself is surrounded by West 15th Street, West 16th Street, 9th Avenue, and 10th Avenue.
If you prefer physical activities such as gymnastics or basketball, Chelsea Piers is the place to be. Chelsea Piers is located between West 17th Street and West 23rd Street along the Hudson River it was originally a major river port, for importing and exporting goods and for passengers, Chelsea Piers is now a strip of facilities catered to sports enthusiasts or health junkies alike. With private gyms, it’s own golf club, and so much more, you will never run out of activities to help you stay in shape.