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Chelsea plays a major role in Manhattan's contemporary arts scene, combining the intellectual and social rigors of a close-knit community with a modern emphasis on growing economic opportunities in both art and business. This neighborhood is ideal for those looking to engage in the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan. Lying east of the Hudson River and south of the Lincoln Tunnel, this densely populated neighborhood has transformed from humble beginnings. You'll discover plenty of rehabilitated warehouses that have been redeveloped into art galleries and studios, while tree-lined neighborhoods promote outdoor activity and provide beautiful scenery. With an economically diverse population, Chelsea stands as a central hub for newcomers to Manhattan while still providing economic security for its long-term residents.
As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in New York, NY is $3,114 for a studio, $4,095 for one bedroom, $5,876 for two bedrooms, and $9,727 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in New York has increased by 1.4% in the past year.
Reflections of the area's ethnic and social diversity can be found in Chelsea's lively shopping scene, where alternative shopping destinations blend with commercial interests to serve both the niche and errand shoppers. Although you cannot find standard shopping malls in this neighborhood, Chelsea does feature one of the most acclaimed flea markets in the entire city. Open every Saturday and Sunday year-round on West 25th Street, the Chelsea Flea Market brings local artisans and antique dealers together to hawk an eclectic atmosphere reminiscent of historic markets. This flea market features over 135 unique vendors offering everything from vintage clothing to centuries-old Americana collectibles, and practice your poker face beforehand, as you may find yourself caught in a few heart-pumping negotiations over highly collectible antiques.
When escaping the fast-paced and boisterous crowds of the flea market, you can seek out quiet and peaceful gems such as 192 Books on the corner of 10th Avenue and 21st Street. Despite its name, this renowned bookstore features a never-ending selection of global books, ranging from specific interests to contemporary literature. 192 Books also remains an iconic fixture of the Chelsea neighborhood because of its eccentric employees absolutely mad about books. Be careful about browsing the fiction sections for too long, as you may be given a cup of coffee and asked questions about your favorite authors.
Organic and healthy sentiments in Chelsea have encouraged a growing scene of fresh, employee-owned grocery stores to flourish. Just take one trip to the iconic Chelsea Market along 9th Avenue, and you may never shop at a commercial grocery store again. This daily farmer's market has grown over 15 years to become the world's largest indoor food hall, and each year, Chelsea Market attracts more than six million national and international visitors. Browse among 35 vendors purveying locally made wines or coffee shipped from exclusive farms in Central America. After grabbing some authentic Italian imports and fresh Parisian bread, stop at Imports from Marrakesh for authentic, handcrafted Moroccan rugs and tiles, all without leaving this sprawling market.
Life in the Chelsea area carries a fairly high cost of living. With housing as the costliest factor in the area, living in Chelsea generally costs about 20 percent more than the rest of New York.
The cost of renting an apartment in Chelsea rests higher than in other parts of Manhattan. Along West 23rd Street, for instance, rental prices for a studio apartment stand around $2,200 a month, while a one-bedroom apartment on 6th Avenue could cost near $7,000. Even within this range, newcomers to the area should expect to have an income higher than $5,000 a month to live comfortably.
The real estate prices in Chelsea have little relation to staples such as food and entertainment. Chelsea residents can enjoy standard grocery and gas prices, which are still higher than national averages, however, but with green energy solutions abounding in the area, staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer does not have to cost an arm and a leg.
Much like the rest of Manhattan, transportation in Chelsea mirrors the big-rush traffic periods before and after standard working hours. During these times, travel by car, bus and train becomes a slow-moving experience. A lack of parking space and busy streets also make travel by car quite frustrating. If you do need to take your car, you can experience virtually instant access to the Lincoln Tunnel and 12th Avenue for quick trips to Jersey City and other parts of Manhattan.
Fortunately, Chelsea residents can conduct most of their daily errands and trips around Manhattan without the need for a car. World-class public transport and cultivated biking lines ensure safe and convenient transport, and with abundant bike racks and bike sharing programs such as Citi Bike, Chelsea residents take full advantage of their biking opportunities. For slower-paced trips that allow residents to explore the hidden nuances and shopping delights around every corner, Chelsea remains a safe and friendly neighborhood for daytime and evening walks.
Don't feel like walking or biking? Chelsea residents can experience wait times of less than five minutes to hail a yellow cab from virtually any street in the neighborhood. Also, you can take advantage of ride sharing services such as Uber or Zipcar.
The NYC MTA services the entire Chelsea area and connects residents with outlying suburbs and throughout Manhattan. Hop on the New York Subway to catch the Orange, Red and Blue lines that cut vertically through the neighborhood between 8th and 6th Avenue. The true transportation jewel of this neighborhood comes from the famous Penn Station, located near the corner of 8th Avenue and West 31st Street. As the main intercity train station, Penn Station serves as the central hub for the trains and buses throughout the entire city.
Combining panoramic views of the Hudson with abundant green space that encourages outdoor activity and healthy lifestyles, Chelsea turns every sunny afternoon into an excuse to go outside. The many area parks cater to residents and visitors of all ages. Chelsea Park provides an especially beautiful example that has catered to local residents since 1910. With multipurpose asphalt surfaces among plentiful green space ideal for relaxing with a book, this park elicits both city refuge and athletic activity.
When the sun comes out on a warm afternoon, the High Line stands as one of New York's most popular destinations. This elevated park includes a 1.45-mile-long green space of wildflowers and grasses ideal for walkers and sunbathers. As an old rail track that went out of use in 1980, this unique park offers panoramic views of the hustle and bustle below while removing visitors from the city's fast-paced environment.
Give your dog a fresh walk along the Chelsea Dog Run Park, where your lovable canine can enjoy climbing structures while you mingle with local dog lovers among the plentiful park benches. Afterwards, take a stroll through secluded grassy lawns at the Chelsea Pier, and watch boats float along the Hudson. If you need to satisfy your taste for extreme sports, you can bring your skateboard or inline skates to the Pier 62 Skatepark within Chelsea Pier, where a 15,000-square-foot park awaits daredevils and beginners alike.
From West 14th Street up to Penn Station, Chelsea abounds with eclectic farm-to-table diners and exuberant international eateries that seek to appease foodies looking for something off the beaten restaurant path. Tourists to Chelsea flock towards authentic Spanish-style tapas and sangria joints where they can enjoy a true plate of paella in Manhattan, such as at the award-winning Salinas restaurant along 9th Avenue. Locals, on the other hand, gravitate towards economically friendly vegetarian delights and traditional Americana cafeterias for a nutritional plate of crispy fish tacos with avocado or farmer's market salads fresh from the New York countryside.
Despite a lively culture searching for the next gastronomic hit, Chelsea residents strongly hold onto New York's affinity for authentic Italian cuisine, which makes restaurants like Del Posto flourish in the neighborhood. Located on 10th Avenue near 14th Street Park, Del Posto has a romantic and comfortable atmosphere that transports hungry patrons to olive-strewn fields of Tuscany. Billed based on the traditional fixed-priced method historic to the finest European dinner spots, lunches and dinners take on a three-course extravaganza complete with a tasteful antipasto, a pasta-based primo, and a hearty, meaty secondo. Before sitting down, make sure to prepare your palate with a barrel-aged negroni from the bar, and for those extra-special Saturday evenings by candlelight, you must end your meal with a smooth, creamy butterscotch semifreddo.
Known as the Rorschach of restaurants, The Red Cat pushes the bounds of conventional cuisine and breaks down ethnic themes that limit many restaurants to regional borders. In other words, The Red Cat brings artistic creation to food in the same way that Pablo Picasso transformed the human face. With '50s-era locally crafted furniture among a red-and-white New England motif, The Red Cat elicits first impressions of warm hospitality and cosiness. According to The New Yorker, The New York Times and Playboy, its pleasant atmosphere remains shadowed by its overwhelming selection of bold flavors and intrinsic wonders found on the market-driven menu. Complete your Sunday brunch with either homemade French toast or Schmaltz fried eggs, or give your Wednesday afternoon a boost with the nutrition-heavy steamed manila clams.
As far as the nightlife goes in Chelsea, residents maintain close vicinity and easy transportation between Greenwich Village and Times Square, allowing endless opportunities to mingle with New York socialites around any corner. After enjoying the sports scene on the Chelsea Piers or shopping at the renowned Chelsea Market, locals opt for rehydration at The Tippler. Tucked underneath the Chelsea Market, this New York icon presents an idyllic, speakeasy vibe that combines pretentious cocktails and craft beers with a humble atmosphere that makes anyone feel right at home.
This gorgeous, walking-friendly neighborhood didn't always reign as New York's premier contemporary arts district. Tracing its roots back to the 18th century, Chelsea first grew as an industrialized area where immigrants sought work on the Hudson piers and railroad freighting companies. Chelsea began its artistic transformation in the mid-19th century with the growth of its renowned theater district on West 23rd Street. From its construction between 1883 and 1885, the Hotel Chelsea has ushered in some of the most internationally acclaimed artists and musicians to the neighborhood, including the likes of Charles Bukowski, Tom Waits and Allen Ginsberg. The Hotel Chelsea also remains as the home where Arthur C. Clarke wrote "2001: A Space Odyssey." Due to a transition in the 1990s from Soho, artists flocked to the neighborhood for its abundance of large and airy spaces that studios and galleries require. Both tourists and locals enjoy continual exposure to the latest artistic productions within high-profile art galleries. Pay a visit to the Jack Shainman gallery for rotating exhibitions focusing on champion contemporary artists from Africa, East Asia and North America. For an immersing trip into the Chelsea art scene, neighborhood residents delight in the annual Chelsea Art Walk. This summer event allows residents and tourists to walk with over a hundred art galleries from the Chelsea neighborhood, while promoting exciting group exhibitions and unique projects only available during the summer. Check out a range of artist talks and special events during this one-day event, including performance-based shows and even wine and cheese receptions.
Apartments for Rent in Chelsea, New York, NY
Chelsea plays a major role in Manhattan's contemporary arts scene, combining the intellectual and social rigors of a close-knit community with a modern emphasis on growing economic opportunities in both art and business. This neighborhood is ideal for those looking to engage in the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan.
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