Chelsea / Flatiron

Life in Chelsea is filled with gallery openings, trying new restaurants.

Welcome to Chelsea/Flatiron

The bustling center of NYC, next to Madison Square Park & Union Square Market.
Chelsea is an artistic and trendy neighborhood in New York City. It is a foodie heaven with an eclectic mix of locally-owned restaurants and cafes. Chelsea has attracted artists since its inception and continues to do so with world-famous architecture and the best art galleries in the city. Real estate in Chelsea consists of converted warehouse lofts, luxury condominiums, and apartment buildings.
The Flatiron district is bustling during the day, as it is dense with shopping. At night, the Flatiron neighborhood is quiet and low-key. Closer to Midtown, the real estate has preserved historic buildings. Closer to Union Square are condominiums, many of them new or newly renovated with contemporary amenities.

What to Love

  • Central to all of NYC
  • Excellent restaurants and galleries
  • Adjacent to Madison Square Park
  • Near Union Square Market and Eataly

Local Lifestyle

Life in Chelsea is filled with gallery openings, trying new restaurants, and exploring the trendy shops, because there is always something new in the neighborhood. Downtime is spent in Madison Square Park and relaxing with a locally brewed cup of coffee or glass of fine wine.
Life in Flatiron is balanced with a bustling work week and quiet leisurely evenings and weekends. The nightlife scene is filled with relaxed bars. The restaurants have plenty of outdoor seating for long dinners and weekend brunches. Union Square is a hub of activity, and Fifth Avenue is filled with shoppers.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Steven Alan is synonymous with New York, featuring classic clothing for men and women with a contemporary twist. ABC Carpet & Home has contemporary furniture, unique home decor, and vintage, one-of-a-kind rugs. DE VERA has a gallery of Venetian glass, antique jewelry, new jewelry, and Japanese lacquer. It is a store filled with one-of-a-kind art and objects to create your one-of-a-kind home. Printed Matter celebrates the printed word with book fairs, artist opportunities, and a bookstore.
To say that the restaurants in Chelsea are excellent is a vast understatement. The food here is so good that you may never cook at home. Vegans (and pretty much everybody else as well) will enjoy ABCV, as everything on the menu is plant-based. ABC Kitchen utilizes the freshest organic and local ingredients for its food, and they get a lot of it from their rooftop garden. Another restaurant that makes a point to source local ingredients is Cookshop, and you’ll definitely want to go there for brunch. Gramercy Tavern has received several James Beard awards. For Italian food like pizza and pasta with a Californian flare, head over to Upland.

Things to Do

There is no shortage of cultural amenities in Chelsea. If you appreciate art, you’ll find several galleries, including Gagosian, which showcases work from contemporary and classic artists. Hauser and Wirth is another gallery that offers visitors a unique experience in its 36,000-square-foot building. For even more modern art in various media and genres, David Zwirner is worth a trip.
The High Line is a 1.5-mile elevated park built on old railroad tracks. In addition to a lovely stroll and fantastic views overlooking Chelsea, there are regular events and programs. Madison Square Park is another outdoor spot worth visiting. You’ll have a nice view of the famed Flatiron Building as you enjoy a little oasis in the middle of this busy part of New York City.
If you want to buy some ultra-fresh meats, cheeses, fruits, flowers, and an assortment of other things, Union Square Greenmarket has over 100 vendors selling their wares several times per week. There are also tastings, interactive displays, and cooking demonstrations.
At Chelsea Piers, you can participate in more than 25 sports, including a fitness club, leagues, and classes.


Schools in Chelsea and Flat Iron are part of Manhattan Community District 2. Noteworthy schools include:
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