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Chelsea in One Day

Chelsea has seen many transformations in its time. Beginning in the late 1800s, the west side neighborhood’s primary purpose was industrial in nature—Nabisco opened its first factory here in 1898, just a few decades after the first elevated railroad in the US began running through the district. The defunct railroads and old warehouses have been repurposed and incorporated into Chelsea’s modern existence: an eclectic home for art and culture, as well as one of the most sought-after places to live in the City. Here’s how to experience the galleries, food scene and nightlife in just one day.  


Doughnut Plant

Chelsea Hotel, 220 W 23rd StNew York, NY, 1011 Eat

Start your morning with coffee and freshly made doughnuts on West 23rd Street, the neighborhood’s main east-west thoroughfare. The Doughnut Plant is known for its quirky flavors, including unusual takes on classics: the Manhattan cream is a dark chocolate version of Boston cream, and the signature crème brûlée doughnut riffs on that beloved French dessert. 


Chelsea Hotel

222 W 23rd StManhattan, NY, See

This infamous old building, which dates back to 1883, played host to numerous writers, musicians and artists; Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Patti Smith all passed through during its heyday as a center of bohemian life. The hotel was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, though that didn't stop the doors from closing in 2011. Currently, it’s being renovated with plans to reopen as a hotel-condo combo in 2018.



The High Line

Gansevoort Street to West 30th StreetManhattan, NY, 10011 See

This elevated railway, which sat abandoned for decades, is now one of the City's most successful and unique restoration projects—a public park 30 feet above street level. Starting at Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, it runs alongside Tenth Avenue through most of Chelsea; you'll find crowds of locals and visitors enjoying the public art, ever-changing gardens and unparalleled views year-round.


The Pace Gallery

537 West 24th StreetNew York, NY, 10011 See

Chelsea is known for its art scene, with a couple hundred galleries exhibiting work from emerging and established artists. Pace is one of the largest and most popular of these, presenting contemporary art in two spaces in Chelsea (plus one uptown). Their galleries have shown work by major art headliners like Kiki Smith, Chuck Close and Mark Rothko. 


David Zwirner

525 West 19th StreetNew York, NY, 10011 See

Another art-world heavy hitter with multiple neighborhood locations, David Zwirner represents more than 40 artists and estates in contemporary art. Big names like Chris Ofili and Jeff Koons have shown here, and both Chelsea galleries feature in-store bookshops. 


Printed Matter

231 11th Ave.Manhattan, NY, 10011 Shop

A great place for browsing and buying, this nonprofit store stocks artists' books, including hard-to-find titles old and new. The store maintains an inventory of nearly 40,000 publications and supports the artists by hosting exhibitions, talks, performances and book launches. 


Chelsea Market

75 9th AvenueNew York, NY, 10011