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Upscale and artsy, this neighborhood has everything you need for a great lifestyle.
Studio / 1 BR
25% Complete
2 Bedrooms
49% Complete
3 Bedrooms
77% Complete
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete

Good For
  • Families
  • Professionals
  • Singles


What's around
  • 587 Restaurants
  • 17 Schools
  • 40 Grocery stores/markets
  • 40 Banks
  • 155 Nightlife options
  • 191 Fitness options
  • 1576 Shops




Chelsea has a below average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for New York City.


Once an immigrant neighborhood full of warehouses, Chelsea has evolved into one of the most desirable and expensive parts of New York City. This is a vibrant area full of dining, shopping, and nightlife, art galleries, and studios. The bulk of the celebrated High Line Park winds through Chelsea all the way up to 34th Street, where the park ends. And you've got the Chelsea Piers nearby. This is a large sports and entertainment complex that sits on the Hudson River. It includes synthetic fields for every type of sport you can imagine, a driving range for golf, batting cages, an ice rink, a skate park, bowling lanes, and restaurants.

Along its main avenues and along the High Line Park shiny new condo towers dominate. The stature of buildings tends to decrease as you move away from these areas, however, and you'll soon find old brick tenement housing converted to walk-up apartments. Many of its side streets are quaint, tree-lined, and quiet but the north end of Chelsea feels more industrial, lacks the greenery, and mostly has large apartment and condo complexes.

Given the size of this neighborhood, some residents (and real estate agents) might refer to distinct parts, such as West or East Chelsea to describe the areas separated by the High Line. You'll find a mix of people here, although the middle class is largely being squeezed out by the increase in cost of living. Chelsea is a popular home for Manhattan's LGBTQ community.

Chelsea is bordered on the north by Hell's Kitchen and the Garment District, on the east by the Flatiron District, on the south by Meatpacking and the West Village, and on the west by the Hudson River.


Wall Street: 4.5 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 25-30 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 2 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 8 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 30-40 minutes by transit

Chelsea New York City Neighborhood Photo


Local Flavor   Chelsea LOCAL schools

Ps 33 Chelsea Prep
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.08 mi
Mc Carton School
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.10 mi
Avenues: The World School
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.19 mi
Ps 11 William T Harris
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.23 mi
The High School of Fashion Industries
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.26 mi


Local Flavor   Chelsea Local Flavor

The Red Cat
The Red Cat 227 10TH AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10011 MAP

This American-style restaurant has been around since 1999, which is no small feat in a city where people chase the shiny, new places.

The High Line
The High Line 820 WASHINGTON ST, NEW YORK, NY 10014 MAP

This park, set on an old above-ground railway line, has achieved celebrity status since opening in 2009. Covering nearly twenty blocks this is well worth the walk.

Cookshop 156 10TH AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10011 MAP

Another stalwart in Chelsea's dining scene, Cookshop offers a great brunch and solid dinner.

Sleep No More
Sleep No More 530 W 27TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10001 MAP

Based on Macbeth, this live show is set in an old hotel and the actors (and you) move throughout different rooms and floors as you piece together the story.

Doughnut Plant
Doughnut Plant 220 W 23RD ST, NEW YORK, NY 10011 MAP

Creme Brulee, Carrot Cake, and Lavender are just some of the unique (and tasty) flavors they have at this donut shop.

Upright Citizens Brigade
Upright Citizens Brigade 307 WEST 26TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10001 MAP

This theater hosts a variety of hilarious improv shows throughout the week and has spawned some big names, including Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Photo Credits: Thanks to @pinkandsunshine, @runawayannie,, @romancarolyn, @cath_arina, @gabenyc, and @chelsea_newyork for your great photos of this neighborhood! 


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