Things to Do in Chelsea
Bordered by the Hudson River, Greenwich Village, Gramercy, Hell’s Kitchen, and the Garment District on the city’s West Side, Chelsea is regarded as the center of New York’s contemporary art world, with many high-profile galleries and avant-garde arthouses found in new buildings and renovated warehouses.
It has grown into a popular area for alternative shopping as well, with venues ranging from Barneys CO-OP to Balenciaga boutiques; and when celebrities are looking for off-the-grid things to do in Manhattan, they escape to Chelsea’s notorious club scene. A favorite spot for the motion picture industry prior to WWI, some of Mary Pickford’s first pictures were in these buildings (while she was no doubt living at The Knickerbocker!).