Neighborhood Guides


Chelsea is one of the most action-packed neighborhoods in New York City. Vibrant and fast-paced, there is always a new restaurant, bar, or dance club to wander into at any time of day or night. Residents thrive on the 24/7 atmosphere

At a Glance

If you’re looking for a staid, residential neighborhood, Chelsea is not for you.  Its thriving arts scene has always been a big draw for creative types. Not surprisingly, residents pay a big price to live in such a hip and happening part of Manhattan. The neighborhood has some of the most exclusive restaurants and bars in the city and real estate prices are steep -- especially for new condos along the High Line. Slip down many of the side streets, however, and you're likely to find some beautiful and historic townhouses nestled gracefully within the neighborhood's hustle and bustle.


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The Mood

Dynamic and eclectic, Chelsea is home to a vibrant gay community, arts folk and trendy young professionals.

Heart of the Neighborhood

The High Line is a huge draw for tourists and locals alike and offers a unique vantage point of the city's architectural landscape.

Neighborhood Quirk

The Chelsea Hotel has homed many artists including Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg who wrote "On the Road" while residing there.

Best Perk

Chelsea is a cultural hub of New York City, housing some of the best art galleries and performance venues in the world.

Biggest Downside

Chelsea is a geographically wide neighborhood, so depending on where you live it can be a hike to the subways.

By the Numbers

In recent years, Chelsea has been the site of major development with shiny, ultra-luxury condos cropping up all along the High Line. But, much of its traditional housing stock is made up of prewar co-ops, which are usually listed at much less expensive prices.

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Food & Drink

A plethora of delicious food and drink abounds in Chelsea, but for higher-than-average price points.



Scarpetta serves up delectable and contemporary Italian fare in a dining room bursting with energy.

Tia Pol

Tapas Bars, Spanish

Delicious tapas and a well-curated wine list have kept this Spanish restaurant on must-visit lists for years.


American (New), Breakfast & Brunch, Wine Bars

An airy dining room near the entrance to the High Line serves fresh farm-to-table fare to a fashionable crowd.

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