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Chelsea: art for art's sake


Welcome to the Mecca of contemporary art.

On the west side of Manhattan, the Chelsea district is an urban mosaic located at the intersection of the artistic West Village, the industrial Meatpacking District and overcrowded Midtown. With eclectic architecture, Chelsea combines beautiful mansions, functional buildings, shopping streets, and even the new Google New York office, a monolithic Art Deco structure across from Chelsea Market.

Now a reference for artistic creation, the area has the largest concentration of art galleries in the city. Some artists have deserted Soho and settled here due to its more industrial architecture and more affordable rents. Stroll the streets to see contemporary creations and avant-garde exhibitions; it's probably the best (and cheapest!) way to discover what is happening in the art world. Don't hesitate to push open the glass doors and roam about the galleries. While exploring, take a look at the legendary Chelsea Hotel, the former residence of Dylan Thomas, Tennessee Williams, and Mark Twain.

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