The suburb of Chelsea is twixt roughly between 14th & 30th streets on the western side on Manhattan and it’s vibrancy and energy makes it feel a lot like NYC’s version of Castro in San Fran to me. Whilst I didn’t find a pot-of-gold I certainly discovered a suite of trendy bars and cafes located beneath a sea of rainbow-flags here and more handle-bar moustaches than in a Queen music video.
It’s home also to the famed Hotel Chelsea erroneously named the ‘Chelsea Hotel’ in the ethereal song of the same name by Leonard Cohen. The hotel has been an epicentre for artists and musicians for decades. It was also home to Arthur C. Clark as he penned the seminal – 2001. A Space Odyssey – and room 100 was the site of the infamous murder of Nancy Spungen girlfriend of Sex Pistol’s bassist Sid Vicious.
Today Chelsea is uber hip & funky, cascading cachet and full of bars, eateries & galleries. It is also spanned, on its western edge, by the incredible Highline, a must-stroll if you are in the area. The Highline is a pedestrianised section of the old raised railway lines that used to serve this previously industrial area of Manhattan. With great foresight, and much fight by some visionary locals a 1.5 mile (2.6 kms) section was saved from demolition after the rails were decommissioned in 1980. It’s a sea of tranquillity and calm deep in the maelstrom of energy and noise that is Midtown.
If you want to look your best when you hit those bars check out Malin & Goetz on 7th for some great skin-care products.
Signing off for now…