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With a rich mix of arts, culture and nightlife, Chelsea is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in New York City, offering residents a wide array of housing and lifestyle choices -- from elegant brownstones and historic residential conversions to new condos designed by architectural masters.
In addition to stately homes, Chelsea features a large variety of housing stock, including large mid-century apartment complexes such as the London Terrace Towers exquisitely restored residential conversions such as Chelsea Mercantile and the record-setting Walker Tower, and sleek and modern condo towers designed by world-renowned architects, including Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Avenue and Shigeru Ban's Metal Shutter Houses.
Located on Manhattan's west side, Chelsea is bounded by 14thand 34th streets to the south and north, and running from the west side of Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River.
Originally farmland, Chelsea was christened in 1750, when British Major Thomas Clarke purchased land in the core of the neighborhood, naming his estate after Sir Thomas More's manor in Chelsea, London.
Over the years, Chelsea grew and flourished, becoming a bustling residential neighborhood with row houses and single-family homes. However, a schism was created when the Hudson River Railroad began laying tracks between 10th and 11th avenues, bisecting the neighborhood and bringing an industrial character and large immigrant community to the western zone.
Today, Chelsea is known as a thriving visual arts center, teeming with galleries that began moving to the area from nearby SoHo in the 1990s. In the area around 10thand 11th avenues, art lovers will find more than 350 art galleries featuring both modern masters and emerging artists. Chelsea is also home to the Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to art of Tibet and the Himalayas.
Chelsea offers much in the way of recreation, from the newly built High Line Park -- situated on elevated railroad tracks along the west side of Chelsea -- to the mammoth Chelsea Piers recreational complex. The area is also known for its restaurants, high-end designer boutiques and gourmet food markets, including Chelsea Market, a large shopping-and-dining destination housed in a historic factory.
A diverse and inclusive community, Chelsea is a popular destination for creative and technology professionals, due to the proximity of Silicon Alley and the opening of Google's Manhattan office, located on a full-city block between 15th and 16th streets, and Eight and Ninth avenues.
Chelsea is served by the A, C, and E subway lines running along Eighth Avenue, the 1 train running along Seventh Avenue, and the F and M trains at Sixth Avenue, as well as the L train, providing crosstown subway service at 14th Street. The area is also in close proximity to Penn Station and the N, Q, R, W, B and D trains.