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Neighborhood Guide: Chelsea

  • Nestled between galleries, restaurants, and shops, our Chelsea store is situated at the heart of a lively neighborhood where art, fashion, and culture converge. Once known as an industrial district, it now buzzes with creative energy. A few of our favorite spots in the area:

    We’re lucky to have some great options for a caffeine fix, with Cafe Grumpy, Blue Bottle, and Intelligentsia Coffee an easy walk from the shop.

    In addition to their coffee bar in the lobby of the High Line Hotel, Intelligentsia also serves coffee out of a ’63 Citroen truck parked outside. Photo courtesy of Intelligentsia.

    The backyard at Cafe Grumpy is the perfect place to sip an iced coffee in the summer months. Photo by Melissa Sinclair.

    It’s nice to be able to pop into one of the many nearby art galleries during our lunch breaks. Some of our favorites include David Zwirner, Greene Naftali, Gladstone Gallery, and the Gagosian Gallery.

    david zwirner gallery
    From No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989, a group show at David Zwirner

    Galerie Neu at Gladstone Gallery. Photo courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.

    In addition to the numerous galleries, there’s often public art to be enjoyed.

    Hugman by Nathan Sawaya, a sculpture made of LEGO bricks, in Clement Clark Moore Park

    For a quick bite, nearby Chelsea Market offers several great lunch options to go (as well as unbeatable prices at The Manhattan Fruit Exchange). For a proper dinner, we like the Southern-inspired comfort food and cocktails at Tipsy Parson. For dessert, we like the pastries at La Bergamote.

    Los Tacos No. 1 at Chelsea Market

    Tipsy Parson

    We could easily spend an hour or two browsing titles at the great bookstores in our neighborhood. Favorites include 192 Books and beloved non-profit art book shop Printed Matter.

    Printed Matter

    A neighborhood guide would not be complete without mentioning The High Line, our favorite elevated park — perfect for a sunny day stroll.


    - Photos by Connie Wang, unless noted otherwise

    This entry was posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 6:32 am and is filed under In the Neighborhood. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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