If you're into art, dining, nightlife or (surprise!) golf, Chelsea is one neighborhood in New York that you must plan to visit. The neighborhood is home to more than 200 art galleries, many of which open their doors for free receptions on Saturday afternoons.
The Chelsea Market, a beautiful light-filled space, offers shoppers everything from fresh-cut flowers to just-baked bread to high fashion. It's adjacent to one of the city's newest attractions, the High Line, a fabulously landscaped public walkway built along an old elevated train line (now open from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street). For a little more active excursion, try the giant sports complex (complete with multi-level driving range) at Chelsea Piers.
A little more in the center of it all is the Chelsea Hotel, famous as a haven for writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals (and infamous as the spot where Sex Pistol Sid Vicious may have murdered his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978). Chelsea is packed with good restaurants—Tia Pol, Cookshop, The Red Cat, to name just a few—as well at some of the city's favorite nightclubs (Home, The Pink Elephant), not to mention some more laid-back spots such as The Half King (on 23rd Street near 10th Avenue) and The Frying Pan, located on a salvaged historic boat at Pier 66 (West 26th Street at the West Side Highway).
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