Chelsea
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Chelsea is one of those NYC neighborhoods that has been fortunate enough to undergo quite a dramatic cultural resurgence since the early 90s. What was once a run-down, crime riddled neighborhood has become an area where million dollar brownstones, luxurious condominiums and apartments, trendy and posh boutiques and high class restaurants now flourish. The section of Chelsea to the west next to the Hudson has become to the NYC art community what SoHo used to be. It is now home to literally hundreds of art galleries and studios.

The neighborhood of Chelsea is quite large, stretching to 34th and 14th Streets to the south and north respectively and by the Hudson River to the west and Broadway to the east.

As could be expected with its brisk gentrification and rise in stature as a cultural arts epicenter, the Chelsea area has become a rich playground for up and coming as well as well-known architects. Jean Nouvel envisioned and built 100 Eleventh Avenue, which has perhaps the most visually distinctive, all-glass facade in NYC. Starchitect Frank Gehry designed and built the headquarters for Barry Diller's IAC which is also located in Chelsea.

The magnificent High Line Park can be found in Chelsea, helping to solidify the neighborhood as one of the most architecturally diverse in the city. This marvel was built between 1999 and 2009 on a former elevated railway. It runs from 34th Street betwixt 10th and 11th Avenues clear down to Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District. Its first section opened in 2009, and since then more than 8 million visitors have ventured along its utterly unique and impressive expanse in what is considered to be a singular take on a park in the sky theme.
Chelsea Piers in West Chelsea is what is considered the entertainment hub of the area, with one of the grandest entertainment complexes to be found in all of NYC. Comprising 30 full acres on the waterfront, Chelsea Piers offers an ice skating rink, several enormous sports and health clubs, a spa, bowling alley, plenty of restaurants, and a golf club complete with driving range. This area alone is enough to add an amount of vitality and life that many other NYC neighborhoods lack making Chelsea a very desirable place to live, indeed.

Like any good neighborhood, Chelsea is continually changing with the times and updating itself to attract new residents of all statures, from young couples to families and even singles.
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COMMUTE TIMES
Columbus Circle 13m by train, 11m by taxi
Grand Central 20m by train, 11m by taxi
Union Square 20m by train, 6m by taxi
Wall Street 21m by train, 16m by taxi
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