The Art of Chelsea


Setting out on a summery mid-morning i was once again, Manhattan bound

… to spend the better part of the day exploring the area of Chelsea. Chelsea’s origins date back to 1750 and the neighborhood has seen a lot of change since its days as a family farm. Chelsea was the city’s first theater district, a fashionable shopping district, and a thriving vice district in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It’s also home to the Chelsea Hotel, bohemian landmark and former home of writers and artists such as William S. Burroughs and Bob Dylan – though now probably better known as the place where Sid killed Nancy.

Chelsea has it all – nightlife, art, shopping, and recreation at the Piers. And, of course, a happening gay scene. No wonder those enormous luxury rental buildings have sprung up all over the neighborhood.

Chelsea is the art capital of New York with more than 200 galleries. They dot the West Chelsea streets between 20th and 28th. Some of the most famous include the Gagosian Gallery on West 24th, the Matthew Marks Gallery on West 22nd, and the Sonnabend on West 22nd. Whilst many were closed as it was Saturday – i still got to peak into a few

and rather enjoyed pondering on the collection i one day aspire to have

I had a lovely summer salad for lunch

Then set of for some high livin’ on the “High Line” The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Now adays it’s a wonderful public walkway/park. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park,and when all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. I

It features an integrated landscape, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings.


Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.

A great idea for a weekend stroll

and a clever merging of the natural and man-made

I then walked south, tipping into Tribeca

isn’t this a great combination of advertisements…. God and Beer

Then striking a sharp left to go east – i made my way through Soho

Stopping at a nice little cafe after i got a polaroid photo portrait taken on the street

i continued further east and slightly south through Nolita,

skimming past the boundary of China Town.

Unti finally, i ducked into the subway as the sun was setting

and when i popped out in Brooklyn – sped down to the waterfront to watch the last moments of the sun setting behind Manhattan

Not bad, not bad at all!

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4 responses to “The Art of Chelsea

  1. margaretbiggs

    How will you ever settle down after all this. You certainly have made the most of your time.I am still waiting for your visit to the Met. Opera ! Love Margoo xx

  2. margaretbiggs

    Was it the Opera house? M xx

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