Named by a British Major after his manor in Chelsea, London, Chelsea offers a wonderful array of historic brownstones, tree-lined streets, charming shops and cafes, and eclectic nightlife. Its main boundaries are said to be from Broadway to the east, the Hudson River to the west, and up to approximately 30th Street, beginning north of 14th Street. Seventh through Ninth Avenues are the main commercial thoroughfares in the area. New commercial and residential developments have cropped up further west, and the transformation of the Highline railway along Tenth Avenue into an amazing park and recreation venue has continued to fuel its growth.
Residential buildings in Chelsea are represented by a variety of NYC apartments – amid the many prewar townhouses, lofts and tenement-style buildings are newer high-rise buildings that have erected in more recent years. One of Chelsea’s most famed landmarks, the Chelsea Hotel, was built in 1883 and is still a draw for artists, playwrights, authors and musicians. Once home to longshoremen, Chelsea has also experienced a waterfront revitalization that now houses the large sports/recreation complex, Chelsea Piers. The area is accessed by the N and R and 1, C and E subway lines. The M23 bus runs to the waterfront and Chelsea Piers.