If you’ve been to New York in the past few years, then you’ve definitely witnessed the renaissance of the Meatpacking district and its transformation to a neighbourhood rich of culture, fun and hip. Chelsea, a stone’s throw away from Meatpacking is the real winner here as the art crowd has shifted focus from once cool SoHo to this area of Manhattan.
Is it to remain as hip in the near future?
The Standard High Line hotel
Chances are you already know The Standard Hotel High Line in Chelsea. And you probably have also heard about The Standard East and its more posh Narcissa restaurant (great brunch… I know!). What you may not know though is that it caters to all parts of your day. Whether you’re looking to get a quick egg sandwich in the morning, a beer in the Biergarten during lunch, sunny drinks at the roof terrace or a full-course dinner at the Grill on Friday night, The Standard’s got you covered. More details? Read our full review here!
The High Line park and The Whitney museum
Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is a public park maintained, operated, and programmed by Friends of the High Line that were responsible for revitalizing the West Line of New York’s past. Running from 34th street all the way down to the Whitney museum on Gasenvoort street, the High Line is the perfect getaway from the busy streets of the city!
I happened to walk there this winter and was amazed by the crisp colors of the flora! As we walked up the stairs on 34th street, we ascended to an elevated and more quiet version of New York. Chilly gusts of wind were hitting us every now and then but with all that sun on this New York autumn day the ambience was very comfortable indeed. “Getting off” at the Whitney, we emerged into the art scene and got a glimpse of the 2017 Biennial running till June 11th 2017.
Chelsea Market and Gansenvoort Market
Walking further north and stopping for a quick bite at Chelsea Market, a closed arcade between 9th and 10th avenue, we got tempted to try the infamous Mexican burrito from the trolley service of Los Tacos No.1 even if it was 11am! What a treat! Washing it down with a quick caffeine fix from Ninth Street Espresso bar had us back out in the streets at no time.
Things were already becoming more busy as tourists were flocking in so avoiding it during lunchtime was the best decision to make.
The Chelsea galleries
Ready for some more art action, we started out on 18th street and made our way north in search of the perfect contemporary painting.
The art galleries, that once transformed the SoHo neighbourhood before it became all too commercial, had started taking up former loading docks at the deserted cobblestone streets of Chelsea back in 2005. More than 10 years later, most of them are in search of new sites in TriBeCa, Lower East and Chinatown. Nonetheless, the high-end emporiums -Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery and David Zwirner- are still there. And then some.
The outlets are numerous and quite diverse so chances are we wouldn’t be able to see everything. Hence, we hedged our bets and followed friend’s advice.