Chelsea in Manhattan

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Category/Kategorie: General, New York City

High Line © flickr.com - Matias Garabedian/cc-by-sa-2.0

High Line © flickr.com – Matias Garabedian/cc-by-sa-2.0

Chelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The district’s boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south and the Hudson River and West Street to the west, with the northern boundary variously described as 30th Street or 34th Street, and the eastern boundary as either Sixth Avenue or Fifth Avenue. To the north of Chelsea is the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, as well as the Hudson Yards; to the northeast is the Garment District; to the east are NoMad and the Flatiron District; to the southwest is the Meatpacking District; and to the south and southeast are the West Village and the remainder of Greenwich Village. It contains the Chelsea Historic District and its extension, which were designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1970 and 1981 respectively. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, and expanded in 1982 to include contiguous blocks containing particularly significant examples of period architecture.

The neighborhood is primarily residential, with a mix of tenements, apartment blocks, city housing projects, townhouses, and renovated rowhouses, but its many retail businesses reflect the ethnic and social diversity of the population. The area has a large LGBTQ population. Chelsea is also known as one of the centers of the city’s art world, with over 200 galleries in the neighborhood. As of 2015, due to the area’s gentrification, there is a widening income gap between the wealthy living in luxury buildings and the poor living in housing projects, who are, at times, across the street from each other.

High Line © flickr.com - Matias Garabedian/cc-by-sa-2.0 Chelsea Market © MusikAnimal/cc-by-sa-4.0 89 Seventh Avenue at West 15th Street © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0 170-174 Ninth Avenue © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0 High Line © flickr.com - David Berkowitz/cc-by-2.0 London Terrace from High Line © Another Believer/cc-by-sa-3.0 Starrett Lehigh Building with the Hudson Yards development behind in 2017 © Acroterion/cc-by-sa-4.0 The Hotel Chelsea © Velvet/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Starrett Lehigh Building with the Hudson Yards development behind in 2017 © Acroterion/cc-by-sa-4.0
The Chelsea Piers were the city’s primary luxury ocean liner terminal from 1910 until 1935, when the growing size of ships made the complex inadequate. The RMS Titanic was headed to Pier 60 at the piers and the RMS Carpathia brought survivors to Pier 54 in the complex. The northern piers are now part of an entertainment and sports complex operated by Roland W. Betts, and the southern piers are part of Hudson River Park. The park skirts the entire Hudson River waterfront from 59th Street to the Battery including most of the associated piers. It is being transformed into a joint city/state park with non-traditional uses. Chelsea Park is located between 9th and 10th Avenues, and between 27th and 28th Streets. It contains baseball diamonds, basketball courts and six handball courts. Chelsea Studios, a sound stage on 26th Street, has been operating since 1914, and numerous movies and television shows have been produced there.

The Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project is located at the northern edge of Chelsea. The project’s centerpiece is a mixed-use real estate development by The Related Companies. According to its master plan, created by master planner Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Hudson Yards is expected to consist of 16 skyscrapers containing more than 12,700,000 square feet (1,180,000 m²) of new office, residential, and retail space. Among its components will be six million square feet (560,000 m²) of commercial office space, a 750,000-square-foot (70,000 m²) retail center with two levels of restaurants, cafes, markets and bars, a hotel, a cultural space, about 5,000 residences, a 750-seat school, and 14 acres (5.7 ha) of public open space. The development, located mainly above and around the West Side Yard, will create a new neighborhood that overlaps with Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

Read more on Chelsea Piers, NYCgo.com – Chelsea, Wikivoyage Chelsea and Wikipedia Chelsea (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.








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