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The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Chelsea, Manhattan

The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Chelsea, Manhattan

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Updated: 7 August 2017
Known for its high volume of art galleries and recent revitalizing innovations, New York’s Chelsea neighborhood is a hotbed of creativity. From unusual pizza toppings to unique theater performances, the area welcomes new ideas of every type. Here we’ve profiled ten neighborhood attractions that epitomize Chelsea’s artistically diverse spirit.
Chelsea Market
Chelsea Market | © Steve Isaacs/WikiCommons

Chelsea Market

Satisfy all your shopping needs with a trip to Chelsea Market, an indoor space housing over 40 vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to whole-lobster dinners. In addition to local favorites such as Amy’s Bread and Ronnybrook Dairy, you’ll encounter unique specialty shops such as Spices and Tease (peddling fresh, aromatic ingredients) as well as quality gift-basket curator, Chelsea Market Baskets.

Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 652 2110

The High Line

Visit The High Line, an elevated railway-turned-public park on Manhattan’s west side. Hosting a number of free activities and art installations during the warmer months, the park also offers picturesque views of both the city and the Hudson River year round. Equipped with plenty of seating and vendors specializing in original snacks, this upraised walkway is a great place for a leisurely lunch or a casual date.

The High Line, New York, NY, USA +1 212 500 6035

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

As self-identifying pizza connoisseurs, New Yorkers recognize a remarkable slice when they taste one. At Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, fans of the food are delighted to find super-sized slices in a variety of delicious flavors including crab and the bestselling spinach-artichoke. The restaurant’s Chelsea outpost also offers beer, wine, and plenty of seating, making it a popular late-night spot.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, 114 10th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 792 9200

The Museum at FIT

Acting on its mission to ‘advance knowledge of fashion,’ The Museum at FIT offers a variety of exhibitions and publications designed to educate and entertain. Showcasing creations by established designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Comme des Garçons, as well as exhibitions from the talented students and faculty at the attached Fashion Institute of Technology, the museum’s displays range from classic to contemporary and are always inspiring in their creativity.

The Museum at FIT, 227 West 27th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 217 4558

Sleep No More

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime theater experience at Sleep No More, a three-hour interactive performance involving masks, mysticism, and Macbeth. Chasing after the performers as they navigate the play’s five-story set, spectators are encouraged to search for clues, wander around, and interact with the actors. A Choose Your Own Adventure show merging voyeurism, sleuthing, and Hitchcockian references, Sleep No More delivers an experience unlike that which you have ever had before or will ever have again.

The McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 904 1883

David Zwirner Gallery
Photo by Jason Schmidt © 2013 David Zwirner, New York/London All artwork © 2013 the artists

David Zwirner Gallery

A hub for modern and contemporary art, Chelsea attracts no shortage of forward-thinking talents, many of which display their work at David Zwirner Gallery. Representing nearly 50 international artists, the gallery works to deliver diverse content and the most current ideas, guaranteeing patrons a unique experience with every visit. At any given date, paintings, sculptures, and multi-media installations can be seen harmoniously coexisting within the venue’s spacious interior, making the gallery a premier destination for fans of contemporary art and modern attitudes.

David Zwirner Gallery, 525 West 19th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 727 2070

Upright Citizens Brigade

Take in a live comedy show at Upright Citizens Brigade, one of New York’s most celebrated comedy venues. Co-founded by actress and comedian Amy Poehler, the theater hosts established talents such as Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, as well as promising newcomers. If you’re inspired by what you see, the venue also offers sketch writing and improv classes which are open to the public.

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 West 26th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 366 9176

Rubin Museum of Art
Image Courtesy of Rubin Museum’s Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Robin Carol

Rubin Museum of Art

Explore Himalayan culture at Rubin Museum of Art, a small west side establishment devoted exclusively to the subject. Displaying a commendably-curated collection of Eastern art and artifacts, the museum dedicates itself to both educating and entertaining its patrons. In addition to its permanent attractions (which include an inviting café serving quality tea and snacks), the museum also boasts impressive temporary exhibitions and special events.

Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 620 5000

Bathtub Gin

Experience the glamour and intrigue of flapper-era nightlife at Bathtub Gin, a speakeasy-themed bar and performance venue. Complete with hidden entrance and an assortment of authentic gin-based cocktails, the bar caters to retro-loving revelers seeking alternative entertainment. Also hosting live jazz and burlesque performances, Bathtub Gin commits to creating an atypical environment and an unforgettable experience.

Bathtub Gin, 132 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 646 559 1671


Concept shop STORY is changing retail’s narrative. Boldly merging media and retail, the shop devotes itself to a different theme (or story) each month, completely reinventing its design and stock accordingly. Focusing on stories such as ‘Love’ and ‘Style.Tech,’ the store’s inventory has included items such as charmeuse slips and pieces of wearable technology such as smart rings and watches. The store’s constant self-reinvention ensures exciting finds for every type of shopper and will inspire you to become a part of its story.

Story, 144 10th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 242 4843


By Julia Goicochea

Splitting her time between Miami and New York, Julia is currently studying creative writing in New York City. She enjoys foreign films, graphic novels and Indian cuisine.