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Best Attractions And Things To Do In Chelsea

From the historic Hotel Chelsea to the ever-evolving art scene, this Manhattan neighborhood offers plenty to see and do -- and we've picked the best sights, attractions and places to eat. By Alyson Schwartz.

Chelsea Market

Cupcakes at Amy's Bread (Flickr Photo)
Cupcakes at Amy's Bread (Photo Credit: Flickr)

75 9th Ave. (Between 15th and 16th St.)

Chelsea Market is home to over 30 restaurants, food stores and shops, and we have out favorites. Grab a table and indulge in some delicious treats at Amy's Bread as you watch their bakers whip up their pastries by hand through the glass windows. If you're looking for something hot, Sarabeth's Bakery has quite the unique breakfast menu, though we like their pumpkin waffle is the best.  The Filling Station sells extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salts all in bottles that they encourage their customers to re-use. (Tip: If you return for a "refill" you will receive a 10% discount).

Jack Shainman Gallery

Jack Shainman Gallery
Arist Deborah Luster's Tooth for an Eye Exhibit at the Jack Shainman Gallery. (Photo Credit: Jack Shainman Gallery)

513 West 20th Street


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The Chelsea Gallery Map is a great tool as you plan to visit any of the galleries that the Chelsea neighborhood is known for. Don't miss the Jack Shainman Gallery.


The Margarita pie at Artichoke Pizza. (Image from

Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Bar

114 10th Ave (at 17th Street)


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Get a slice from their outdoor window or by the pie inside. They're known for their namesake artichoke pizza, but we recommend a slice of the Sicilian.

Big Onion Walking Tours

W 23 St (between 7th and 8th)

No need for reservations. Meet in front of the Chelsea hotel for a walking tour that'll take you to sites associated with Janis Joplin, Dylan Thomas – and the birthplace of the Oreo cookie. The tour also includes the High Line.

High Line Park

The High Line
A $10 million grant from media mogul Barry Diller and the fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg partially funded the green space High Line park in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Gansevoort Street to 20th Street on 10th Avenue

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This New York City staple, located on a formerly abandoned elevated railroad track, offers more than just fabulous waterfront views. The public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, running from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street, offers public  art, family and entertainment programs. Check out their events calendar for more info.

Tipsy Parson

156 Ninth Avenue


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This cozy spot on Ninth Ave offers a unique take on Southern comfort. The cocktail menu extends well beyond a gin and tonic. Even the names are fun, like the Figgly Wiggly. For dessert make sure to taste the restaurants namesake, the Tipsy Parson. Tip: If you stop here for dinner, visit the High Line after you settle the check - the nighttime views of the city's skyline from there are nothing short of spectacular.

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Alyson Schwartz is the author of the blog Ribbons of Thought, which features musings on topics from fashion to NYC living including fun activities, food and unique finds.

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