Contemporary art galleries, elevated park spaces, and stylish everything near the heart of Manhattan.

Uptown affluence and downtown style come together in Chelsea. Cutting-edge art galleries and gay-friendly bars mingle with sought-after high-rises and converted warehouses in this ultra-fashionable, and ultra busy, neighbourhood. Chelsea’s world-class architecture, fine dining establishments, and hip nightlife scene contribute to its first-rate reputation.

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On the Map

Chelsea is within Manhattan and bordered by Midtown, Hell's Kitchen, West Village, Greenwich Village, Flatiron District, Meatpacking District, and Union Square

LaGuardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 15 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 21 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Chelsea: Contemporary with an Artistic Edge

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The concierge at the iconic Chelsea Hotel has welcomed countless writers, artists, and musicians, such as Allen Ginsberg, Leonard Cohen, and Janis Joplin.

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Whether on two wheels or two feet, the residents of Chelsea are always in vogue.

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Chelsea infuses its wide open spaces with a residential calm.

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Ideally situated between numerous world-class contemporary art galleries and restaurants, Chelsea has a tremendous array of offerings. David Zwirner, Gagosian, Cheim & Reid, & Pace Gallery  are popular gallery destinations. For architecture enthusiasts, West Chelsea along the High Line offers a virtual panorama of contemporary architecture from the likes of Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, and Neil Denari."

Stylish Spaces Inside and Out

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The neighbourhood's famous galleries range from high art to experimental works.

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The High Line, possibly New York's most beloved public space, connects Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.

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When walking along this abandoned freight line, in places it's easy to forget you are in the city.

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In other places, the High Line provides the best views of New York's stunning architecture.

The location is unbeatable as you are a few blocks to Madison Square Park, EATALY, The FlatIron Building, Whole Foods Market and all of the great bars, clubs and restaurants that Chelsea has to offer. Times Square, Union Square, Central Park, the East Village, the West Village and Soho are all a very short taxi or subway ride away."


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Julia Robbs

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Born and raised in France, Julia Robbs now calls Brooklyn, NY home. She attended college in Chicago, then moved to Atlanta to study photography before recently settling in what she thinks is the world's best city, New York. She loves capturing quiet details and small moments through her photography, and enjoyed discovering the little nuances that make up each unique neighbourhood in NYC while shooting for Airbnb.