Neigborhoods

Chelsea

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Chelsea takes its name from a Federal-style house of retired British Major Thomas Clarke, who named his home after the manor of Chelsea, London, which was home to Sir Thomas More. Clarke's house was inherited by his daughter Charity and her husband Benjamin Moore, and was the birthplace of writer Clement Clarke Moore, credited with writing "A Visit From St. Nicholas" and author of the first Greek and Hebrew lexicons printed in the United States.

By 1900, the neighborhood was solidly Irish and housed the longshoremen who unloaded freighters at warehouse piers that lined the nearby waterfront and the truck terminals integrated with the raised freight railroad spur. The film On the Waterfront (1954) recreates this tough world, dramatized in Richard Rodgers' 1936 jazz ballet Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

Chelsea was an early center for the motion picture industry before World War I. Some of Mary Pickford's first pictures were made on the top floors of an armory building on West 26th St. In the late 19th century West 23rd St. was the center of American theater.

In the early 1940s tons of Uranium for the Manhattan Project were stored in the Baker & Williams Warehouse at 513-519 West 20th St. The uranium was only removed and decontaminated in the late 1980s/early 1990s.Most recently, Chelsea has become an alternative shopping destination with Barneys CO-OP - which replaced the much larger original Barneys flagship store - Comme des Garçons, and Balenciaga boutiques, as well as being near Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin. Chelsea Market, on the ground floor of the former NABISCO Building, is a destination for food lovers.

As New York's visual arts community moved from SoHo to West Chelsea in the 1990s, the area bounded by 10th and 11th Avenue and 18th St. and 28th St. has become one of the global centers of modern contemporary art. The West Chelsea Arts District is home to over 370 art galleries and innumerable artist studios. The area is also home to the modern dance company Cedar Lakes, who perform in their theater in the West Chelsea Arts district.

Local Parks and Entertainment

CHELSEA PIERS West 23rd Street and the Hudson River

CHELSEA PARK West 28th Street between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue

CHELSEA WATERSLIDE PARK West 24th Street between 11th Ave and 12th Ave

CHELSEA MARKET 9th Avenue between West 15th and West 16th St

GAGOSIAN GALLERY West 24th Street between 10th Ave and 11th Ave

GANSEVOORT West 13th Street and 9th Avenue

RESTAURANTS

MATSURI 363 W. 16th Street at Ninth Ave

ROCKING HORSE 182 Eighth Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets

PASTIS West 12th Street and 9th Avenue

VENTO West 14th Street between Hudson Street and 9th Avenue

SPICE MARKET West 13th Street and 9th Avenue

GRAND SICHUAN INTERNATIONAL 229 9th Ave and 24th Street

‘WICHCRAFT 224 12th Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets

CAFETERIA 119 Seventh Avenue and 17th Street

SHOPPING

MANHATTAN MALL 6th Avenue and 33rd Street

ANNEX ANTIQUES FAIR AND FLEA MARKET Sixth Ave. near 25th St

B&H 420 Ninth Ave. at 34th St.

BARNEY’S CO-OP 236 W. 18th St. near Seventh Ave

CHELSEA ANTIQUES BUILDING 110 W. 25th St near Sixth Ave

DIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS BOOKSTORE 548 W. 22nd St. near Eleventh Avenue

GAIL CHISHOLM GALLERY 56 West 22nd St., second floor near Sixth Ave

JAZZ RECORD CENTER 236 W. 26th St. near Seventh Ave. room 804

CHELSEA FLOWER MARKET 75 Ninth Ave. at 15th St

DAN’S CHELSEA GUITARS 220 W. 23rd St. near Seventh Ave

GIRLSHOP 819 Washington Street

JEFFREY NEW YORK 449 West 14th St

PAUL SMITH 108 Fifth Ave

INTERMIX 125 Fifth Ave

DESTINATION 32-36 Little West 12th Street

EXPRESS DESIGN STUDIO 114 5th Ave

FILENE’S BASEMENT DEPARTMENT STORE 620 Avenue of the Americas

TJ MAXX DEPARTMENT STORE 620 Avenue of the Americas

BED BATH AND BEYOND 620 Avenue of the Americas

LOCAL HEALTH CLUBS

NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB 50 West 34th Street and 6th Avenue

34 West 14th Street and 5th Avenue

128 Eighth Avenue and 16th Street

270 Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street

EQUINOX 17th Street and 10th Avenue

BALLY TOTAL FITNESS 139 West 32nd Street

641 Avenue of the Americas and 19th Street

NEW YORK HEALTH AND RACQUET CLUB 60 West 23rd Street

DAVID BARTON GYM 215 West 23rd Street

LOCAL POST OFFICES

US POST OFFICE 76 9th Ave

425 8th Ave

341 9th Ave

421 8th Ave

380 W 33rd St

526 W 34th St

151 W 34th St

19 W 33rd St

70 W 10th St

SCHOOLS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

P.S. 11 WILLIAM T. HARRIS SCHOOL 320 West 21st St.

PS33 CHELSEA SCHOOL 281 Ninth Avenue

IS70 O’HENRY SCHOOL 333 W. 17th Street

HIGH SCHOOLS

BAYARD RUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL

FOR THE HUMANITIES 361 W. 18th St

CORLEARS SCHOOL 324 West 15th Street

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL 250 W. 18th Street

TRANSPORTATION

SUBWAY

A, C, E, F, 1,2,3,9, L, PATH train

BUS

M23, M11, M10

POLICE

10TH PRECINCT

230 W. 20th St. Tel: 212-741-8211

LOCAL HOSPITALS

SAINT VINCENT’S CATHOLIC

MEDICAL CENTER 153 W. 11th Street

 

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