Moving to a new city can be daunting no matter where you go. But if you’ve just landed in the city that never sleeps, well then double that right? Have no fear. If you’re on the brink of biting into the Big Apple and Chelsea is your new ‘hood, here’s an insiders guide to making it feel like home!
A Newbies Guide to NYC: Chelsea
1. Still the hotspot for gallery hopping, spend a Thursday night tripping around the West 20s between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, tippling for free at the various art openings. (At a loss for words when it comes to art? Try this…stand back, squint eyes, and if someone asks you what you think, just say ‘subtle yet didactic with a soupcon of whimsy’ or ‘the tears of a clown meets the blood of a saint’. One of those should work.)
2. The one-stop shop for sporty fun, at the giant athletic multiplex of Chelsea Piers you can bowl, box, ice skate indoors, or hit golf balls against the backdrop of the Hudson River. Wheeee!
3. You’ve got to keep your sense of humor intact if you’re going to make it in NYC. So get your funny bone tickled by big name headliners like Craig Ferguson and Aziz Ansari at Comix, or drop by Upright Citizen Brigade Theater, the sketch comedy venue co-founded by SNL-alum Amy Poehler where improv students perform up to 5 shows a night.
4. Binge your way through Chelsea Market, home of the Food Network, where a seafood bazaar and scores of delicious dairy treats await at Ronnybrook Milk farm. Pick up some Old World olive oil at the Buon Italia market before you go. Nom nom nom!
5. Pop by David Barton‘s flagship gym, housed in the original YMCA building (yes, that YMCA, hello!), where hard-bodied He-men and Marc Jacobs pump iron to dj sets during weeknights.
6. Looking for a late night bite? (Hey – we’re talking food here, you beasty.) The Diner on 14th St has no-frills comfort food and they’re open till 6 am on weekends. Bonus, it’s a prime location for celeb watching as they pour into the cobblestone streets from clubs like Tenjune and 1 Oak.
Looking for more? We’ll be publishing regular neighborhood guides in our Newbie NYC section so keep checking back!