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Chelsea Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Learn about local Chelsea NYC Neighborhood culture, businesses, schools, homes, and parks. Find out why Chelsea is one of NY's hottest neighborhoods.
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
6.0 Overall
Average Rent Prices 2
Public transportation 8
Schools 8
Lifestyle 9
Crime 3

Chelsea seems to be the neighborhood that "has it all" these days, including but not limited to; art galleries, museums, and some of the best restaurants and nightlife.

In this Chelsea neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

The streets nestled between 14th and 34th streets and between 7th Avenue and the Hudson River are filled with the energy of young artists and professionals.

It is conveniently located near the some of the most desirable areas of Manhattan such as Midtown and The West Village. Chelsea definitely has its pick of the city!

Foodies have their little own slice of heaven with Chelsea Market.

The art admirer will have no problem spending hours exploring the Whitney or Rubin Museum of Art.

The outdoor adventurer will fall in love with the views during a sunset walk on The High Line and sports lovers and partiers will enjoy all the activities at Chelsea Piers.

Chelsea also has offers one of the most unique theater experiences at the McKittrick Hotel--home to the intriguing walk-through performance of "Sleep No More".

Dance lovers get a real treat at the Joyce Theater, which features a dynamic array of dance performances and educational programs.

Chelsea really does offer something for everyone, but it comes at a price, of course.

FUN FACT: The Titanic was en route to Chelsea Piers before meeting its tragic fate in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

What Celebrities Live in Chelsea

Chelsea isn't just a popular area for New Yorkers and tourists, it's a hot place for celebrities to call home.

Celebrity Residents
Celebrity Notes
Cameron Diaz Actress, Producer, Author, Model
Kelsey Grammer Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, Singer, Activist
Katie Holmes Actress
Kate Winslet Actress
Harrison Ford Actor, Producer
Calista Flockhart Actress
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban Actress, Producer, Singer & Singer/Songwriter, Record Producer
Ariana Grande Singer, Songwriter, Actress


In addition to having your pick of subways around the Chelsea area, a 10-minute walk will get you to one of the biggest hubs in the city--Penn Station, which has the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and New Jersey Transit.

Young professionals can be seen utilizing the CitiBike option as they are conveniently set up in the vicinity.

Chelsea also has some of the safest bike lanes in the city with greenways that were put in a few years back, separating bikers from automobile traffic along 9th and 8th aves.

Bus Lines
Bus 11, 12, 14D, 23

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 1 2 3

    IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line

  • 7 7

    IRT Flushing Line

  • A C E

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • F M

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

Average Rent Prices

If you're looking to move, Chelsea really is the perfect mixture of convenience and culture.
The architecture and building types can be categorized three ways - the brownstone, the housing project and the industrial luxurious loft building.Tree-lined streets provide locals and passers-by with the ultimate residential feel.

Compared to other popular, more pricey neighborhoods in the city like Tribeca and Soho, Chelsea's charm and convenient location near midtown makes it a more affordable hot spot to rent or buy.

Who would've thought 20 years ago, such a seedy neighborhood would evolve into one of the most desirable locations in the country?

Average Rent Prices in Chelsea
Studio 1 Bedroom 2 Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms
$2,638 $4,080 $6,262 $9,915

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in Chelsea Neighborhood


Chelsea Market is the place to go if you want to have a night in and cook like the chefs do, with only the freshest ingredients.

Some of the best food offered up in the area, including gourmet specialty shops can be found at the Chelsea Market.

As for the rest of Chelsea, there seems to be an extra modern flair to every plate served in this neighborhood

You can get your top-notch Asian fill, with the likes of:

  • Okunda
  • Grand Sichuan
  • Jun Men Ramen

More casual eats include Miznon, Los Tacos, Los Mariscos, and Cookshop. These are neighborhood solids not to be missed!

Chelsea offers a unique upscale approach of most cuisines such as Cafeteria, Elmo, and Del Posto.

Public & Charter Schools

In New York City, thanks to strict zoning laws, a street block can make the biggest difference in the kind of education your child will receive.

Before making such a big life decision parents looking to rent or buy real estate need to have a firm grasp on how the district and zoning laws will impact their particular school choice.

For example, Chelsea schools are located in District 2, known to be one of the highest-performing school districts in the city, so the admissions process is known to be highly selective with priority to residents.

One thing Chelsea doesn't forget about teaching in schools is the arts.

After all, Chelsea's rise to popularity had a lot to do with the local burgeoning art scene and the opening of its now famed art galleries.

In addition to local schools in the area providing a strong concentration on academics, children are pretty much guaranteed solid courses in art, drama, and dance as well.

Local Schools
School Notes
P.S 33 Chelsea Prep Pre K-5
Manhattan Business Academy 9-12
The Clinton School M.S./H.S. 260 6-11
N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies 9-12
N.Y.C Museum School 9-12
Landmark High School 9-12
Quest to Learn 6-12
Hudson High School of Learning Technologies 9-12
Manhattan Village Academy 9-12
The High School of Fashion Industries 9-12
Humanities Preparatory Academy 9-12

How Safe is the Chelsea Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 8 out of 10
Approximately 45.1411 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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