Chelsea, New York, guide: The best of the neighborhood

Chelsea, New York, is known for its art galleries, gay scene and now the High Line. Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, bars, shops and things to do.



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The far west side of Chelsea—New York's premier contemporary-art district—was an edgy, semi-industrial patch before it was colonized by adventurous gallerists in the 1990s. Increasingly blue chip, it is now home to such high-profile spaces as Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery and Haunch of Venison. The development of the High Line has brought more visitors to the formerly desolate area. The verdant, elevated promenade commands great views of the surrounding architecture—a mix of industrial landmarks and gleaming new structures—and passes through the old loading dock of the former Nabisco factory, which now houses the eateries and shops of Chelsea Market. While the Chelsea gay scene has become commercialized and, to the younger set, passé, there are still some worthwhile watering holes, eateries and shops, and flea market aficionados can peruse vestiges of a sprawling hub for antiques and bric-a-brac.

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Sui P
Sui P

There are also so many great hair and beauty salons to book in a paper with when you are in Chelsea: LookBooker ( has just launched in Chelsea and basically every salon is on there and you can compare them and make online appointments

diego maradona
diego maradona

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