Once an industrial and distribution area serving the Hudson River docks, Chelsea is now the epicenter of an evolving art, technology, retail and dining scene. Residences have sprung up as quickly as media companies housed in old warehouses. Development along the High Line has created an explosion of new restaurants and retail shops. Reminiscent of Soho in the 90’s, Chelsea is at the heart of New York’s art scene with over 350 galleries.
Architecture continues to the hallmark of the west Chelsea area, with striking examples of the work of Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Neil Denari. West Chelsea is rapidly becoming the hub for innovative businesses, as well. Google recently relocated its corporate headquarters to 111 Eight Avenue, and IAC has moved into its Frank Gehry-designed glass monolith at 18th and the West Side Highway.
The High Line
Two of the industrial structures that define the West Chelsea area are Starrett-Lehigh and the High Line. The High Line, New York’s elevated public space promenade, runs from Greenwich Village to Chelsea along Manhattan’s west side. Its second phase of development (three are planned) from 21st Street to 30th Street was recently completed, allowing Starrett-Lehigh tenants direct access via a new 26th Street entrance. Not surprisingly, Starrett-Lehigh is home to Diller Scofidio & Renfro, the visionary design firm that helped transform the High Line into a public park.