Gallery-Hopping in Chelsea



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West Chelsea is the hottest destination for New York City’s gallery scene—and Saturdays are prime time for touring the area, as many galleries open up for free receptions or special events. While you're in the area, take a stroll along the High Line, an old elevated railway that's been converted into a stunning public space, complete with great views and noteworthy art installations.

Photo: Water tanks on the roof of a Chelsea art gallery. By Victoria Peckham.

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Day 1 - New York


A reasonably priced hotel in the neighborhood is the Chelsea Lodge; if you prefer a splurge, try the Maritime. Start your day of gallery hopping with a fortifying breakfast at La Petite Abeille, one of a small chain of Belgian restaurants in the city. Then head to West 24th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, a block stocked with great options such as the Gagosian Gallery, the Gladstone Gallery, the Mary Boone Gallery and the Matthew Marks Gallery. Another good block for browsing is West 22nd, home to both the 303 Gallery and the Dia Center for the Arts. The latter is known for its bookstore’s wide selection of unusual art books. You can simply wander the streets in this neighborhood and see if anything in the window calls your attention, or you can get a full list of West Chelsea galleries at www.westchelseaarts.com. After a long day of looking at (or perhaps even buying, if you’re feeling flush) art, Chelsea is also packed with great dining options. On 10th Avenue, try dinner at Cookshop for a fancier dining experience, or grab a spot at the bar in the perennially packed Spanish tapas restaurant Tia Pol. The Red Cat, with a Mediterranean menu, is a popular spot for sophisticated art patrons. Or, if you prefer kicking back with a margarita, try the Rocking Horse Café.


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Chelsea Lodge

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Location:

318 West 20th Street
Between Eighth and Ninth Aves
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 243 4499 / +1 800 373 1116 (Toll Free)
fax: +1 212 243 7852


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Petite Abeille

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Location:

107 West 18th Street
(at Sixth Avenue)
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: 1 212 604 9350


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Gagosian Gallery

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Location:

555 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 741 1111
fax: +1 212 741 9611


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Gladstone Gallery

Location:

515 West 24th Street
(between 10th & 11th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 206 9300
fax: +1 212 206 9301


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Matthew Marks Gallery

Location:

522 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 243 0200


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Mary Boone Gallery

Location:

541 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 752 2929
fax: +1 212 752 3939


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303 Gallery

Location:

547 West 21st Street
Between 10th and 11th avenues
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 255 1121
fax: +1 212 255 0024


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Dia Center for the Arts

Location:

535 West 22nd Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 989 5566
fax: +1 212 989 4055


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High Line

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Location:

Gansevoort Street to 20th Street
New York, NY 10011


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Cookshop

Location:

156 10th Avenue
At 20th Street
New York, NY 10199

Contact:

tel: 1 212 924 4440


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Tia Pol

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Location:

205 10th Avenue
(between 22nd & 23rd Streets)
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 675 8805
fax: +1 212 675 8806


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Red Cat (The)

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Location:

227, 10th Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: 1 212 242 1122


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Rocking Horse Cafe Mexicano

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Location:

182 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: 1 212 463 9511
fax: 1 212 243 3245


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