Chelsea/Hudson Yards

Downtown on the West Side, from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River between 14th Street and 34th Street, and from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River between 34th Street and 42nd Street.

Downtown on the West Side, from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River between 14th Street and 34th Street, and from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River between 34th Street and 42nd Street.

Chelsea has seen many transformations in its time. It began as the property of retired British Major Thomas Clarke, who bought 94 acres of land in 1750 and named it after the manor of Chelsea, London. From that point, the land changed hands a number of times and was mostly used as a place of industry, with freight lines, warehouses and passenger shipping dominating the area through the rest of the century. In the 1820s, Chelsea was developed into a residential region—genteel townhouse blocks and the neo-Gothic General Theological Seminary went up during the century, providing a counterpoint to the area’s manufacturing nature. The neighborhood became home, post–Cuban Revolution, to a number of Cuban-Chinese immigrants, some of whom opened restaurants in the 1960s and ’70s. While the majority of these have closed down, a strong Latino presence remains. Following the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in 1969, Chelsea also became representative of tolerance and the rebellion against sexual-orientation discrimination. During the 1970s many within the LGBT community fled to Chelsea, and the gay and lesbian presence in this portion of the City has been strong ever since. It was also around this time that nightclubs—followed later by galleries—looking to pay lower rents started gobbling up space in Chelsea, though it was really the 1990s that the neighborhood became known as the City’s gay nexus as well as the place for art lovers.

Thus what was once a seemingly forgotten neighborhood, whose primary purpose was industrial in nature—housing defunct railroads and old warehouses that have been developed into the High Line and art spaces, respectively—has become one of the most sought-after places to live in New York City. Buzzing with culture but maintaining a residential feel, it packs a punch in terms of things to do, see and eat. The following slides cover the best of the attractions, including Chelsea Market, Chelsea Piers and the aforementioned High Line, along with where to go for art, food and nightlife.

Historically, Chelsea and Hudson Yards has served up grit and glamour in equal measures. In these dynamic neighborhoods, new luxury high-rises, a booming nightlife and sophisticated art galleries give way to modest townhouses and quiet residential streets. Chelsea’s creativity meets the energy of Midtown at Hudson Yards. Historic in scope and ambition,

Hudson Yards is a prime 28-acre destination overlooking the Hudson River in the middle of it all.”Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. The site will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, state-of-the-art office towers, more than 100 shops including New York’s first Neiman Marcus, and a collection of restaurants curated by Chef Thomas Keller. The urban development will include approximately 4,000 residences, The Shed, a new center for artistic invention, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and an Equinox® branded luxury hotel with more than 200 rooms—all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests.

Hudson Yards is the fulfillment of a remarkable collaboration that includes a talented group of visionaries – planners, architects, engineers, designers, public servants, fashion icons, renowned chefs, business leaders, luminaries and more. They are working in partnership with New York’s development and transportation authorities, and with some of the world’s most iconic retail brands and leading companies – each of whom will call Hudson Yards home.

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