This neighborhood is happening! Development along the High Line has created an explosion of new restaurants, residences and retail shops. Reminiscent of Soho in the 90's, Chelsea is at the heart of New York's art scene with over 350 galleries.
Architecture continues to be the hallmark of the West Chelsea area, with striking examples of the work of Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Neil Denari. West Chelsea is rapidly becoming the hub for innovative businesses, as well. Google recently relocated its corporate headquarters to 111 Eighth Avenue, and IAC has moved into its Frank Gehry-designed glass monolith at 18th and the West Side Highway.
Two of the industrial structures that define the West Chelsea area are Starrett-Lehigh and the High Line. The High Line, New York's elevated public space promenade, runs from Greenwich Village to Chelsea along Manhattan's west side. Its second phase of development (three are planned) from 21st Street to 30th Street was recently completed, allowing Starrett-Lehigh tenants direct access via a new 26th Street entrance. Not surprisingly, Starrett-Lehigh is home to Diller Scofidio & Renfro, the visionary design firm that helped transform the High Line into a public park.
A few blocks north, at 30th Street, the newest section of the High Line will end with a panoramic view of the West Side Rail Yards, where a 13-million-square-foot mixed-use development, Hudson Yards, combined with planned extensions to the existing No. 7 subway line, will draw Manhattan's center of gravity westward.
Entertainment and nightlife options are plentiful, offering an authentic atmosphere in settings like the Frying Pan, The Ainsworth, Black Door, Chelsea Brewing and Tillman's Bar and Lounge. Comedy clubs include the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the People's Improv Theatre.