To escape the high rent of SoHo most artists settled in Chelsea, which is now a residential neighborhood known for its large gay community. The area is home to some of the best art galleries and restaurants. Spilling with contemporary art, over 200 galleries can be found around 13th through 29th Streets between 7th and 11th Avenues.
Name galleries like John Connelly Presents, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, David Zwirner and Sonnabend mark the neighborhood with avant-garde and contemporary art. The area is also home to numerous artists and serious art collectors, which only add to the neighborhoods artistic charm.
Just a mile from Chelsea Gallery District, visitors can find attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the Empire State Building, Times Square and Union Square.
On 10th Avenue and 24th, Pepe Rosso To Go (212-242-6055) offers some scrumptious Italian sandwiches and spaghetti. This spot is known not to serve any diet drinks or decaff coffee.
If you wish to stay in Chelsea, the Hampton Inn New York Chelsea offers lush comforts in an effort to make you feel at home. The façade is modern and interiors ultra chic. At the two star Comfort Inn Manhattan, you can wake up to a free breakfast. Grand Central Terminal is situated nearby, from where you can explore rest of the city.
Trains: C, E to 23rd St