Ready to explore one of NYC’s most vibrant neighborhoods? Here’s the inside scoop on West Chelsea from those who know it best: the people who’ve lived there for years. — by Rima Suqi
It’s hard to imagine that as recently as 20 years ago, West Chelsea was considered a sketchy neighborhood. How times have changed. Currently, there are about 20 buildings in various stages of construction, with some heavy-hitter architects attached, including Bjarke Ingels, Norman Foster, Peter Marino, and Zaha Hadid (this is in addition to existing buildings by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Deborah Berke, and Annabelle Selldorf). Most are straddling or adjacent to the High Line, which now draws an estimated 20 million visitors a year. Chelsea Market, the food hall that was built in a former Nabisco factory, debuted in 1997; approximately 6 million people walk/eat their way through its various culinary offerings annually.
All this development means West Chelsea (which for our purposes will be defined as 14th to 30th Streets west of 8th Avenue) is a neighborhood in flux, straddling the old and the new. We spoke with some notable residents to find out how they navigate their ever-changing community.
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