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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 30th 2011

At first glance, New York City may seem like one sprawling metropolis, but it's actually made up of several neighborhoods, each with their own atmosphere and environment. One of the most "happening" ones is Chelsea.

There are so many things to do in this bustling, thriving neighborhood, you may not know where to start. Here's a few ideas to get you started.

Visit 303 Art Gallery.

This is an art gallery that specializes in displaying the works of artists whose works could best be defined as "cutting edge." You'll see different types of displays, including those in the photography genre as well as others. This is only one of the many art galleries that in the Chelsea neighborhood, but it's one of the most popular. Make time to visit 303, and stroll by the others. If you see something that catches your eye, pop in and take a closer look.

Visit the Chelsea Hotel.

At first glance, you may think that this is a pretty down-trodden looking hotel, but that's actually part of its allure. You'll also be walking where such artistic greats as Mark Twain, O. Henry, Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams walked, and stayed.

You'll notice the artwork in the lobby. According to Chelsea Hotel legend, some of that artwork became the property of the hotel after its original owner could not pay his room fee. Pretty interesting, huh?

Visit Chelsea Market.

The location of this wholesale food vendors venue is in what was once the former Nabisco plant. The first Oreos were made here, so take a moment to silently thank the inventors of America's favorite cookie. After that, stroll the one-block interior walkway—possibly the longest one in New York City, and enjoy samples from just about every food wholesaler imaginable. If you don't fill up from all the snacking you'll want to do, you can eat lunch at Friedman's Lunch. Either way, you'll come out satisfied.

Chelsea Piers

Go bowling, practice your golf swing, enjoy a game of hockey or basketball, ice skate, or visit the health club. You can do all this at the Chelsea Piers sports and entertainment complex. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Hudson River while you're doing one or all of these things, because that's where Chelsea Piers are located, right on that famous body of water.

Cushman Row

The houses located between 9th and 10th Avenues are some of the best examples of row houses that were built in the Greek Revival architectural form. You'll see such things as wrought-iron fences and balustrades, recessed doorways, and other architectural designs that still retain their beauty even after over 175 years (the homes were built in 1840).
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Why? Because Chelsea is a fun place to be
When: Whenever you want
Where: Chelsea, Manhattan
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