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Manhattan/Chelsea Garment District

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Victorian style street in Chelsea

The Chelsea Garment District is a district of Manhattan in New York, situated on the West Side in the southern part of the Midtown area; broadly, it encompasses the area from 14th St up to 34th St and west of 6th Ave.

It is a popular dining and nightlife area and, particularly on 8th Ave, the center of gay social life in Manhattan. Of interest to practically everyone are the Chelsea Piers, located on the Hudson, a huge sports and entertainment complex that opened in 1995. Chelsea's explosive growth began in the 1990s and continues today, with new towers expanding the neighborhood as far north as Madison Square Garden, the famous sports arena located on the site of old Pennsylvania Station, and today home to the NBA's Knicks and NHL's Rangers. West of Madison Square Garden is a grubby commercial and industrial zone.

Get in[edit]

Chelsea Map

Via subway, there are many lines serving the neighborhood. The A, C, and E lines run under 8th Ave, stopping at 14th St and 34th St, with the C and E also stopping at 23rd St. Under 7th Ave run the 1, 2, and 3 lines, with the 1 stopping at 14th St, 18th St, 23rd St, 28th St, and 34th St, and the 2 and 3 stopping just at 14th St and 34th St. The F and M lines stops along 6th Ave, stopping at 14th St, 23rd St, and 34th St. The L train runs east from its terminal at 14th St and 8th Ave, also stopping at 6th Ave. The 34th St station at Broadway/6th Ave serves the B, D, F, M, N, Q and R lines.

From outside New York City, Penn Station, located underneath Madison Square Garden, is the east coast hub of Amtrak services and is the regional hub for Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit commuter rail services. (See the By train section on the main New York City page for more info.) Also serving the neighborhood is PATH subway service to Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey, which runs under 6th Ave, stopping at 33rd St, 23rd St, and 14th St.

There is ample bus service: north-south routes on every avenue and east-west crosstown buses on the larger streets (14th, 23rd, 34th), though they can be slow, especially at peak hours.

See[edit][add listing]

The mid-20s between 10th and 11th Avses (for example, 25th St) is the new hot art gallery area. Walk around and see the shows. Check gallery schedules and shows here: [1].

  • High Line Park, [2]. Built on a defunct railway that runs 30 ft above Manhattan between 10th and 11th Aves, from 34th St to Gansevoort St.  edit
  • Rubin Museum of Art, 17th St between 6th and 7th Aves, [3]. M, Th 11AM–5PM, Tu closed, W 11AM–7PM, F 11AM–10PM, Sa Su 11AM–6PM. Art of the Himalayas. $10, seniors & students $5, children (12 and younger) free, Free for all F 6PM–10PM.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Ave & 32nd St), +1-212-465-6741, [4]. Box office M-F 9AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-6PM; if event takes place outside regular hours, box office opens at least 1 hour before event start until 1 hour after event start. One of the world's most famous and busiest arenas, Madison Square is home to the New York Rangers [5] NHL team, the New York Knicks [6] NBA team, the New York Liberty [7] WNBA team, and the St. John's Red Storm [8] college men's basketball team, as well as numerous concerts and entertainment events. In addition to most St. John's home games, the Garden also hosts three major college men's basketball events each year. At the start of the season, the Garden hosts the semifinals and finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off [9], anearly-season event operated by the country's main college sports body, the NCAA. After the regular season, the Garden then hosts the Big East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament [10] in early March. In late March, hosts the semifinals and finals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) [11].  edit

Live theatre[edit]

  • Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W 16th St btwn 8th and 9th Aves, +1-212-279-4200, [12]. This is the Atlantic's 99-seat theater which they use for shows too interesting to go in their larger theater on 20th St. Listings for stage 2 shows that are part of their regular season go on their website. But this theater has many secret shows, like their acting school's semester-end performances, and staged readings during the summer. This other stuff is usually not even on nytheatre.com, but, rather publicized by Facebook and postcard only, so while some of it is technically public, most of the audience may consist of fans, relatives, and friends of the performers. You may have the chance to hear readings by talented young authors from places like Middlebury College before they become famous. If you're invited to something here, it will probably be good and completely irreplaceable, but think twice about making critical comments in such an environment.  edit
  • Altered Stages, 212 W 29th St, +1-212-629-3206.  edit

Improv & sketch comedy[edit]

  • Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, 307 W 26th St. Laughs as cheap as they come.  edit
  • Magnet Theatre, 254 W 29th St. There's always something going on at the Magnet.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • B&H, 420 9th Ave (btwn 33rd and 34th Sts), +1-212-444-6615 (toll free: +1-800-606-6969), [13]. Perhaps the best camera and photography equipment store in New York, this is the place to go for any of the cameras and camera accessories you might want. The selection is good and the staff is knowledgeable and willing to discuss things with you. It is owned and heavily staffed by Hasidic Jews, so it is closed on Friday nights, Saturdays, and all Jewish holidays except for Hanukkah.  edit
  • Chelsea Market, [14]. The original Oreo cookie factory is now a block-sized market selling gourmet foods, flowers, and knick-knacks, and offering restaurants, bars, art space and special shows. Has free wireless Internet access throughout and smells like a slice of heaven.  edit
  • Purple Passion, 211 W 20th St, +1-212-807-0486, [15]. Adult store with selections of fetishwear & corsets.  edit
  • Rock Star Crystals, 150 West 28th St, Suite 201B (Between 6th and 7th Ave), 212 675 3065, [16]. Mon - Sun 11AM - 7PM. This NYC rock shop sells crystals, minerals, fossils and meteorites and also stocks gemstone metaphysical tools like pendulums and crystal balls. A REAL hidden GEM on the second floor of a Chelsea industrial building in the heart of NYC's wholesale flower district on 28th St, they have thousands of rocks, tumbled stones and even natural gemstone jewelry.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cafeteria. The name is a misnomer; it's a hip restaurant -- a few blocks south on 7th for a broad range of stuff, nicely presented, with sidewalk dining.  edit
  • Grand Sichuan Chelsea, (9th Ave and 24 St). Excellent Sichuan cuisine, for those who like it hot. Stick with the Sichuan and Hunan menus and special menus like the Prodigal Daughter's menu. Do not get "lunch specials" or order from the American-Chinese or Cantonese menus, and do not get Shanghainese "Soup Dumplings" (xiaolongbao) unless you want typical American-Chinese takeout food and dishes made better elsewhere. Get reservations if you are going during peak dinner hours on any day; this location is really popular, and you may have to wait a long time for a table if you just show up.  edit
  • Pepe Giallo, 10th Ave (btwn 24th and 25th Sts). Reliable place for panini and pasta, priced fairly.  edit
  • Whole Foods Market, 24th St.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Cafe Grumpy, 224 W 20th St (btwn 7th and 8th Ave), +1-212-255-5511, [17]. The coffee and attitude here are both fantastic, but the elongated shoebox shape and gigantic space-wasting counter area opposite those clumsy tiny tall-tables makes it feel like a hallway. If it were an actual hallway between two other random places, the big building around it might make it seem cozier, but since it stands alone, the sense of jostling bumping linear traffic may make you feel distracted after half a drink. This property makes it perfect for meeting people before a show at the Atlantic Theater one block west.  edit
  • Paddles, 250 W 26th St (btwn 7th & 8th Aves), [18]. NYC's alternative/fetish/BDSM club  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Chelsea International Hostel, 251 W 20th St (btwn 7th & 8th Ave, subway 1 or 9 to 23rd St or 18th St, A, C, E trains to 23rd St. You can also walk from 6th Ave trains at 23rd St), +1-212-647-0010, [19]. Small and clean. Internet access, 24-hour reception.  edit
  • Hotel Pennsylvania, 7th Ave (btwn 32nd/33rd), +1-212-736-5000, [20]. Large hotel, landmark, near all the action in the area. As low as $99 a night. There is a $4 charge for each piece of luggage stored and be warned, cleanliness is not a high point.  edit
  • Marriott Execustay, (24th St and 7th Ave). Basically, one- or two-bedroom condos -- a lot of space (especially for Manhattan), full kitchens, roof garden, gym. Convenient to a Whole Foods Market across the street and an upscale (and expensive) grocery, bakery, deli on 23d St.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hampton Inn Manhattan - Chelsea, 108 W 24th St, +1-212-414-1000, [21].  edit
  • Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Hotel, 160 W 25th St, +1-212-627-1888, [22].  edit
  • GEM Hotel - Chelsea, 300 W 22nd St, +1-212-675-1911, [23]. The rooms are tiny, though bright and in good condition, as the hotel is new.  edit
  • Eventi Hotel, 851 6th Ave (btwn 29th and 30th Sts), +1-212-564-4567 (fax: +1-212-564-6790), [24]. New boutique hotel near Penn Station.  edit
  • Hilton Garden Inn New York/Chelsea, 121 W 28th St, +1-212-564-2181, [25]. A comfortable hotel with moderately sized rooms. From about $220, depending on season.  edit

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