NY Neighborhoods: Chelsea and High Line [MAP + WHAT TO SEE + VIDEO]

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Welcome to one of New York’s most authentic areas: Chelsea, High Line and the Meatpacking District! And besides authentic it is also one of our favorites of the city, although in winter it is not as cool as in spring, because it is much less green.

If you have already been through our super MEGA New York guide, you will have seen that this is one of the areas of New York in which we have divided our particular map of New York neighborhoods so you can visit the city in a much more optimal way. Well, in this post we are going to tell you everything you can see and do in the neighborhood of Chelsea and surroundings, which are the most important points of interest, the best parks, markets and museums, timetables, prices, where to sleep, where to eat, etc … Join us?

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Maybe your thing is not the text tochos (I promise that there will also be many photos 🙂 ) and you prefer to see it to read it, so we have also made this video in which we show you the area of Chelsea, High Line and its surroundings, but in a slightly more entertaining way 😉

If you ask us what to see and do in and around Chelsea, these would undoubtedly be the places that we recommend and that you can’t miss. You know that every teacher has their own booklet and at the end, the tastes always influence when choosing or discarding one point of interest or another.

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Map and points of interest of Chelsea and surroundings

As you know, we’re map junkies, so as it couldn’t be any other way, we’ve compiled everything there is to see in this area on one of our super maps. On the Google My Maps below (free to access and download to your mobile), you’ll find the most important points of interest in and around Chelsea:

Remember, in addition to points of interest and everything else to see, our maps ALWAYS include cool places to stop to eat and replenish your strength 😉

What to see and do in and around Chelsea

How cool when a place surprises you and shows you another side of the coin! And this is a bit like what happened to this area of New York, which is what I would call the ‘modern neighborhood’, asking permission of course from SoHo and DUMBO. When I was in New York for the first time, I didn’t visit this area because the truth is that at that time ‘it wasn’t on the maps’. In fact, the High Line was brand new.

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Chelsea is full, above all, of art galleries after having been reconverted after its most industrial period. A quiet stroll through this neighbourhood is essential when you visit the city that never sleeps. If we had to choose only two things from this area it would be Chelsea Market and High Line. But it has many more! 😉

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So let’s go now, now yes, with all the points of interest of Chelsea, the High Line and the Meatpacking District:

And we put it first because without a doubt this park is one of our favorite things in New York. High Line is a park built on the old elevated train tracks. It has its origin in the industrial era of this neighborhood, when the area was full of slaughterhouses and roads were used to transport everything that was produced and what reached the factories.

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With the modernization of the neighborhood and the closure of the factories, the roads became obsolete and were on the verge of being removed. If it hadn’t been for two neighbors of the area, who formed a foundation and fought for their survival, right now this park would not exist. So let’s thank them 😉

High Line Park begins at Gansevoort St (subway: 14th St – 8th Ave) and ends at 34th St (subway: 34th St – Hudson Yards). Here I leave you a map with the complete route, which is worth doing in its entirety:

In addition to a park, the High Line serves as a stage for numerous pieces of urban art and even houses temporary exhibitions on occasions like this one we find ourselves:

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It is true that in the time when we were we were not as beautiful as in spring, but still worth it, especially because during the walk you will fall in love with all the beautiful apartments that surround this area. As we have seen and read, the area is increasingly in demand and countless apartment buildings have been built in recent years.

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As it is an overpass, it cannot be accessed along the entire length of the route, so you will have to look for one of the entrances. Our recommendation is that you drive the whole way from north to south to finish the ride at Chelsea Market. I leave you next the list of accesses with stairs and with elevators.

Entrances with stairs: Gansevoort St, 14th St, 16th St, 18th St, 20th St, 23rd St, 26th St, 28th St, 30th St and 34th St. Elevator tickets: Gansevoort St, 14th St, 16th St, 23rd St and 30th St and 34th St.

The park can be visited for free, so it’s one of those things to do in New York for free that you can’t miss.

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It is open all year round from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., except in April, May, October and November, which closes at 10 p.m.; and December, January, February and March, which closes at 7 p.m.

If you feel like it, you can also take a Spanish-language tour of the High Line, Chelsea and Hudson Yards to discover all their secrets 😉

Hudson Yards

Opened relatively recently, this thriving New York neighborhood is one of the most powerful real estate projects in the city and the United States. In addition to huge skyscrapers of apartments at prohibitive prices, in this area, one of the richest in New York, you will also find large shopping and gastronomic areas.

In fact, it has recently opened next to one of the entrances to the High Line a gastronomic market with Spanish air commanded by the brothers Adrià and José Andrés: Mercado Little Spain.

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It is worth taking a walk through this new area of New York and envy all those people who can afford to live in an apartment at sky level 🙂

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The Vessel

We missed The Vessel for a few days! It opened a few days after we got back from New York. But don’t worry, because we will tell you what you have to do to visit it you can 😉

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The Vessel is one of the great attractions of the new Hudson Yards and you don’t know how eager we are to return to New York to meet him. This magnificent staircase structure is ideal for different views of the city. This labyrinth of shining stairs is one of the most instagrammed places in New York in recent times.

154 interconnected staircases and 80 observation platforms on which to rest your legs form this precious mastodon that adorns the panorama of the west of the city.

The Vessel is open every day and it’s free to visit. As you can see, in the area of Chelsea and Hudson Yards we are showing you a lot of plans that you can do for free 😉 The only thing you need to know to visit The Vessel is that you have to book your ticket two weeks in advance, even if it is free, on the Husdon Yards website. Every day at 8:00 a.m. (New York time) tickets are on sale and you may have to wait for a virtual queue to get them.

When you buy your ticket, you will have to choose a time slot for the visit, but don’t worry, because that doesn’t mean that the time you can spend there is limited. You can spend as much time at The Vessel as you want.

We have also read that if you cannot get a ticket with this method, if you go there at 9:30 you can opt for one of the free tickets that have not been reserved for that day.

Hudson River Park

Central Park, High Line or Battery Park always take the honors as green spaces in New York, but… what about this park and its long riverside trails? He is just as perfect as his companions both for sports and for a family picnic if it is good. Don’t forget to stop by and watch the sunset.

The Standard Hotel

If you are a lover of architecture, in the area of Chelsea, High Line and Hudson Yards you are going to spend it as a dwarf. The Standard Hotel is a clear example of this. This 21-story luxury hotel is another one of those super-photo buildings in New York.

Chelsea Market

And if the High Line is a great example of masterfully refurbished industrial space, Chelsea Market is not far behind. This old factory transformed into a market is another example of how places can adapt perfectly to new times.

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Did you know that the building that currently houses the Chelsea Market was Oreo’s old cookie factory? Now, instead of cookies, inside you’ll find super special bars and restaurants, clothing stores, and a few interesting bookstores.

After your walk along the High Line, you can also take advantage of the Chelsea Market and sit down to eat surrounded by a spectacular atmosphere.

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The Joyce Theater

This is another of New York’s classic theatres whose façade you’ve seen on photos or television countless times. This theater is perfect if you like dance shows and usually have last minute tickets before the shows start.

Broadway musicals you can’t miss:

Chelsea Hotel

A New York classic, built in the late nineteenth century with that characteristic red brick and famous for its role throughout history in the city.

Its rooms have witnessed numerous stories, many of them not to sleep, but now has been converted into a luxury hotel to exploit its legend, which includes love stories, murders and other messes between famous artists of all ages.

Gansevoort Market

Situated in the heart of the Meatpacking District is this charming marketplace that has little to envy of Chelsea Market. Like its big brother, the Gansevoort Market is an ideal choice for eating something in a wonderful environment. We love this type of market! Besides, between you and me, it’s also a super instagrammable site 😉

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Meatpacking District

South of Chelsea is the Meatpacking District, another industrial area that used to be full of slaughterhouses and butcher’s shops and now has an atmosphere thanks to the fact that it has been able to reinvent itself over the years. If you’re looking for a night out, Meatpacking District is the place for you, because it’s full of bars and pubs where you can spend a night out in New York.

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Other points of interest in the vicinity of Chelsea

You know we’re not very much of a museum, but in this area there are plenty of art galleries and museums that are recommended in most guides:

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How much time do I need to see Chelsea and the surrounding area?

In our opinion the ideal time to visit this area is a morning or an afternoon, especially if you include in addition to the High Line the visit to Hudson Yards and The Vessel, but it depends on whether or not you are entertained in shopping, visiting museums or eating one of the restaurants in Chelsea Market.

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How to get to Chelsea

The best way to get to Chelsea, Hudson Yards and the High Line is by subway, like most places in New York. Chelsea is not one of the largest neighborhoods in New York, so you just have to decide where you want to start the tour and choose the nearest metro stop.

Here’s a map with the metro stops in the Chelsea area:

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If you ask us, we would start at the stop on line 7: 34 St – Hudson Yards. In this post you have more information about how to get around New York.

Where to Eat in Chelsea

Without a doubt, this is one of the best eating areas in New York. Whether it’s Chelsea Market or Gansevoort Market, you’ll find great options to make a great gastronomic stop.

As in the rest of New York, in this area you will find plenty of restaurants where you can try almost any type of food. We are already preparing articles to talk about it in detail, but in the meantime you can look at the restaurants on the map in dark green.

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Some options to eat in and around Chelsea:

Where to Sleep in Chelsea

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you because you know, but staying in Manhattan is quite expensive. Seriously, it could be a mega locuron. And although Chelsea and the surrounding area is not the cheapest area of New York City, we do find it a good area to stay as it is quite quiet and also quite well connected. If you have a budget, it can be an ideal place to stay.

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We’re going to talk in depth about accommodation in New York in upcoming posts, but at the moment I’m showing you four super scored options in Booking in the Chelsea area:

Chelsea Pines Inn >> 8,3/10 de puntuación en Booking y alrededor de 257 euros la noche sin desayuno.Gansevoort Meatpacking >> 8,3/10 de puntuación en Booking y alrededor de 417 euros la noche sin desayuno.Athenas Domus #4 >> 9,2/10 de puntuación en Booking y alrededor de 246 euros la noche sin desayuno.Leo House >> 8.3/10 of Booking score and about 152 euros the night without breakfast.

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