A Guide of Chelsea & the Meatpacking District

Not long ago, the Meatpacking district was only cool because of the enormous, meat-filled fridges piled and prepared for shipment from the New York Harbor; but today, the neighborhoods of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District work together in formulating one of the trendiest areas in New York City. No longer stuffed with only meat, this west village region hosts only the chicest and most hip places to eat, shop and go out. 


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Walk down the Chelsea Highline for your very own, free art walk through the west side of the city. Start from West 34th Street and make your way to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Chelsea is also home to The Rubin Museum of Art; the first museum in the Western world to dedicate itself to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions such as China, Tibet, and Pakistan. Chelsea is overflowing with art galleries, including the Milk Gallery, which acts as a contemporary photography studio, art gallery, and event venue. Since most of these galleries are rotational, take a look at the Chelsea Gallery map to see what is available for viewing during your stay in New York City. The Meatpacking District contributes to this lengthy list; Ivy Brown Gallery displays a diverse collection of contemporary art mediums, White Columns acts as an alternative art space for experimental artists, Reinstein|Ross Gallery exhibits fine arts and jewelry and Chisholm Gallery displays original vintage advertisement posters.




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Not only is the Chelsea Highline a hub for public art sculptures and displays, but it is the greatest example of cultural preservation. The Highline was not always a pedestrian-only walkway, but a section of the New York Central Railroad that was formerly used as the main mode of freight transportation before trucks overpowered, causing the termination of the train in the late 1980s. The public walkway is renowned as a juxtaposition of the old versus the new in New York City, tied together by the opening of Hudson Yards and its extraordinary Vessel, at the end of the High Line. Chelsea is also home to the humble Christopher Park, find the Stonewall National Monument, the first national monument dedicated to LGBTQ history by President Barack Obama in 2016.



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The Chelsea Market is a famous local and tourist attraction that acts as a food hall, shopping mall, office building and television production facility. Get the freshest and tastiest dining options from Cappone’s smoked mozzarella sandwich to Dickson’s Farm Stand Meats‘ housemade hot dog. Gansevoort Market is another popular food hall, offering the most popular foodie destinations under one roof, including Big Gay IcecreamGotham Poké, Luzo’s Pizza, and many more delicious optionsIf you are a lover of the seaThe Lobster Place is the largest retail seafood market on the East Coast, where you will find the arguably freshest sushi in the city. Bubby’s is another place to look at; not only does it offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and renowned pies, but it also houses Ample Hills Creamery with the best local and seasonal ice cream flavors around. If you are looking for a restaurant located under or very close to the Highline, dine at The Wild Son, Santina, Untitled, Fig & Olive, Cookshop or Alta Linea.



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Between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, you will not be roaming the streets looking for a bar or club to satisfy your night. The Standard Biergarten is great for a few brews, ping-pong matches and hearty snacking with friends. Brass Monkey is also always an option for a more casual night out in the mix of clubs, with a great beer and cocktail selection and a rooftop bar overlooking to Hudson River. But, if you plan to spend the wee hours of the night dancing, consider Cielo, TenJune, Amnesia, or the Highline Ballroom for a great nightclub experience. During the warmer months enjoy your nights at a rooftop lounge such as Le Bain, PHD Lounge or Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge. If you prefer to stray away from the loud music with a different night out in mind, go to Smalls for lively jazz. Although the name describes this small basement den accurately, it does not reflect the performers is the slightest. For a theater performance unlike no other, Sleep No More is an immerse experience that brings Shakespeare to life in a way that cannot be replicated elsewhere.



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You can easily spend a day window shopping and browse through the trendy fashion-forward boutiques and high-end shops in the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. Peek into Diane von Furstenberg, a high-end boutique flagship that has been a trend-setters heaven in the Meatpacking district for over a decade, or scan the industrial-chic Rag & Bone, located in a former meat factory. Find Jefferey, an Atlanta-based mini Barneys, or go into Barneys itself and get lost in the multi-layer shopping wonderland. Lilla P is a staple for women’s clothes, or browse through either Housing Works Thrift Shop where proceeds benefit HIV and AIDS, or Second Time Around for a high-end thrifting experience. Find Printed Matter, a two-leveled bookstore where you are able to find both popular reads and independent publishing. Want to stay on your toes? Story redesigns its concepts every few months, so when you find something you like, grab it then, because it definitely will not be there next time you walk in. We need not forget about The Chelsea Market, for it is not limited to dining options, but houses artesian retail shops such as Artist & Fleas, Anthropology and a long list of others.


To explore the Meatpacking District in greater depth, book a High Line and Chelsea Market Walking Tour, where you will be guided through the Meatpacking Distract as well. if you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions, and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com or contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com.





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