The Ultimate To-Do List in Chelsea

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This isn’t one of those to-do lists full of chores and obligations. This to-do list is all about the fun, food, and frolic on a fall day in Chelsea. Check off these venues and enjoy the unbelievable charm of this eclectic neighborhood:

The High Line is a public park that’s built along an elevated rail line (no longer in use), framing 1.45 miles of Manhattan’s West Side. High Line is serving up many a fall dish with its season fall gardens. Join one of the garden tours and enjoy this fall’s blooms, shrubs and perennials by walking through the park with one of the staff experts. The public art projects are also a highlight of High Line and include exhibitions, sculptures, billboards, murals and live performances.

Chelsea Art Galleries. Chelsea is perhaps best known as an artist’s haven with more than 200 galleries under its eclectic wing. Here, you’ll discover emerging artists, as well as contemporary-themed galleries. Check out the Rubin Art Museum and live performances, and then settle in at the café for some eats before you adventure on to the next gallery.

Chelsea Piers is a great place to take visitors when you’re looking for that something-for-everyone excursion. Between the harbor cruises, dining, and sporty adventures like the Bowlmor Lanes or the shopping at the New York Golf Center, everyone will leave happy.  

The Kitchen features an exciting hybrid of non-profit performance arts and exhibitions. In part, their mission is to “shape the cultural landscape of this country.”   

Get your laugh on at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre, where improvisational theatre flourishes, and the guests leave with a side-ache. Enjoy a show, then head out to one of the many neighborhood eateries…see below.  

The Chelsea Historic District caters to the history buff, located at W. 20th to W. 22nd Streets, and between 8th and 10th Avenues. Download the historical city map that helps you explore the 19th century buildings, and the Greek Revival and Italianate blocks. Resource: 

Chelsea’s Historic Churches. You don’t have to travel to Europe to discover beautiful, old churches. Visit the Church of the Guardian Angel, built in 1930, designed by architect John Van Pelt with a flavor for the Italian Romanesque. Then head over to St. Peter's Church and Church of the Holy Apostles.

Eat Your Way Through Chelsea. What better way to pay homage to a neighborhood, than by eating your way through it? Here are a few samplings of Chelsea’s finest eateries:

Cull and Pistol. Whether you’re in the mood for the Maine Lobster Sliders at happy hour with a side of Chowder Disco Fries, or an intimate Clambake Dinner for 2, Cull and Pistol is a mainstay for fresh fish and seafood.

Cookshop How can you go wrong starting your day with a Candied Bacon Scone? You can’t. But if you want to go for a leaner choice, try the Cookshop Breakfast Bowl with kale and spinach and other healthy surprises.

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina in Chelsea Market makes fresh pasta daily. They boast of pasta that’s “so delicate and transparent, you can see through to the filling and enjoy the burst of flavor.” Tantalizing.



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