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A view of Chelsea in Manhattan Chelsea in Midtown Manhattan

Manhattan has many fantastic neighborhoods to stay during holidays (or long visits!) in New York City. One of the most central, beautiful, artsy and exciting of these neighborhoods is Chelsea. Its central location and close proximity to many of New York’s best landmarks makes Chelsea an ideal destination for a holiday to New York! Chelsea is also a largely residential neighborhood, making it a great option for travelers seeking long-term rentals. Read the entire story here…»


Welcome back to the second half of our series dedicated to the Chelsea, New York. If you missed the 1st  episode, you can find it on New York Habitat’sYouTube channel.

In the first episode of our Video Tour, we looked at the history of Chelsea, including the origin of its name, we took you to the Limelight Marketplace, some art galleries along 20th Street and the Hudson River Park.

Video tour of Chelsea, New York: Part 1 (7:00)

High Line

When the sun starts to set, one of the best places to be in Chelsea is the High Line Park.

The High Line was an elevated railway that delivered goods up and down the west side of Manhattan until it was abandoned in the 1980s.  Just recently the High Line was renovated to serve as a park, running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.   It’s a great place to meet friends, take a leisurely walk, or have a picnic.  Enter at Gansevoort Street so that you can walk the whole length of the park.  Along the High Line you can get a glimpse of a new wave of luxury housing designed by famous architects. Read the entire story here…»


Welcome to the first video tour of our two part series dedicated to the neighborhood called Chelsea, located on the west side of the borough of Manhattan, New York.

Here in Chelsea you’ll find yourself in a historical yet impressively progressive neighborhood.

This neighborhood is roughly bordered by 14th street to the south, 30th street to the north, 6th Avenue to the east and the Hudson River and West Street to the west.

Video tour of Chelsea, New York: Part 1 (5:42)


Chelsea began as an estate owned by a retired British officer, which he named after the manor in Chelsea, London owned by Major Thomas Clarke.

General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church – 440 West 21st Street

The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church was founded in 1817. The magnificent green, lush quadrangle is a peaceful place in the bustling city.  Visitors can go to the office and get a free visiting pass to enjoy the campus grounds. Read the entire story here…»


New York at Halloween New York at Halloween

Halloween! Like many grown-ups, you may be inclined to dismiss it as an occasion for pumpkin-carving and maybe the occasional dress-up. If that’s the case, you clearly need to come to New York to check out the Village Halloween Parade, the annual mile-long extravaganza that attracts a crowd of up to two million people, garners major international press coverage, and has been named one of “100 Things to Do Before You Die” by the popular guidebook of the same title. Trust us—this is fiendish fun of a kind you won’t find anywhere else.

A beloved New York City tradition since 1973, the Village Halloween Parade is New York’s only nighttime parade and, supposedly, the largest Halloween celebration anywhere in the United States. It takes place on October 31 every year, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, and begins in SoHo on Sixth Avenue at Spring Street before proceeding north through Greenwich Village, along Sixth Avenue up to 23rd Street in the charming neighborhood of Chelsea.

The Village Halloween Parade has everything you’d expect in a big-city parade, from spectacular costumed marchers and puppets to marching bands and floats. But part of what makes the Parade so special is its unique democratic quality. Anyone who’s interested in participating in it can join the fun—all you have to do is show up at the beginning of the parade route, between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, and take a place at the end of the line. Read the entire story here…»


New York's High-line park New York's High-line park

Never-ending snowfall may make this seem like the longest winter in memory. But a look at the calendar can be a happy reminder that spring isn’t all that far away—and with it, the opportunity to visit some of the glorious new parks that are sprouting along the geographic margins of New York City, in areas that until recently were all but starved for green space.

First and foremost, on Manhattan’s West Side, the mighty High Line is a city park built on a former elevated railway (30 feet in the air) that operated for nearly 50 years from the 1930s until 1980. The park is located in the popular neighborhood of Chelsea, which offers plenty of tasteful and elegant apartment rentals. The complete railway ran from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District (Greenwich Village – West Village) to 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The first section of the current High Line, which opened to the public in June 2009, stretches from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. Its striking combination of elevated views and green space made it an immediate hit with the public. Added attractions during the warm-weather months of the year include tours, lectures, public art events and performances, and family events highlighting the High Line’s design, gardens, and history. Read the entire story here…»


Photo of Chelsea in New York Photo of Chelsea in New York

The neighborhood of Chelsea has long been famed for its hip atmosphere and eclectic scene. Located just to the west of Midtown, Chelsea is centered between Hell’s Kitchen, the Garment District, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District. While Chelsea is primarily a residential neighborhood, making it perfect for vacation accommodations, some of the most popular restaurants, delis, shopping boutiques and nightclubs are found within the area.

About Chelsea:

Named for Sir Thomas More’s family manor of the same name, Chelsea is well known for its diversity. The neighborhood, which spans from 15th to 34th Streets (Midtown West beginning) and between the Hudson River and Sixth Avenue, is where some of the most distinctive and unique cultures and lifestyles intersect. With so many influences in one place, the area has plenty to do and see. Read the entire story here…»


High Line Project - District Map High Line Project - District Map

77 years ago, the New York Central Railroad constructed a nearly 2 mile stretch of elevated railroad tracks to shuttle freight up and down Manhattan’s lower west side in Chelsea/ Flatiron. This elevated line, spanning 22 city blocks, literally passed through 2 factory buildings as it wound its way uptown to end near 35th street. (The deaths of many pedestrians on the 19th century street-level tracks was one factor in the High Line’s construction ) For decades, the High Line allowed factories and meatpackers on the lower west side to move manufactured goods, produce, and meat products without disruption to traffic below and without danger to pedestrians.

Unused since 1980, and partially demolished in the 1960’s, this “High Line” will soon spring to life again. ( In 2001, Former Mayor Rudy Guiliani attempted—and failed, to proceed with demolition of the High Line.)  Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit organization, has spearheaded efforts to save this historic structure and launched the 2003 competition to choose creative solutions to convert the High Line for public use. 720 entires were received! This conversion will play a great role in the dynamic revitalization of the lower west side of Manhattan. Read the entire story here…»


Earlier we learned about  Empire State Building which is an important part in the New York in Song Series

Chelsea Street Chelsea Street

New York in Song
“Chelsea Morning – Spotlight on Chelsea in Manhattan”

Woke up it was a Chelsea morning and the first thing that I saw
Was the sun through yellow curtains and a rainbow on my wall…

The song “Chelsea Morning” was written and recorded by Joni Mitchell in 1969, and has been recorded by other major artists as well, including Judy Collins and Neil Diamond.  Mitchell has said that she wrote the song while living in a small apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan during the 1960’s.  Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton have often noted in interviews that Judy Collins’ version of this song inspired them to name their daughter Chelsea. Read the entire story here…»