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Art galleries, theatres and unique museums: over recent years Chelsea has developed into the creative hub of New York City. The industrial character gives the district that raw edge which many artists love. There are currently an estimated 350 galleries in Chelsea alone and the number is still rising.
SoHo used to be the place to be for art-loving New Yorkers but times have changed. In the early 1990s, the abandoned warehouses and garages in the once grimy streets of Chelsea were converted into galleries brimming with ‘edgy’ art. Restaurants, cafés and museums followed and transformed Chelsea into a trendy neighbourhood. Nearly all galleries are free to enter, which makes a day of art shopping even more appealing
“Chelsea mixes uptown wealth with a unique downtown style”
Most galleries are located in the blocks between West 18th Street, West 24th Street, 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue. On West 24th Street you’ll find the 303 Gallery, featuring interesting photography exhibitions and installations. Further down the same street is the Gladstone Gallery, a space full of conceptual and philosophical art. Take a break from all this avant-garde creativity at the Printed Matter book shop on the corner of 10th Avenue and West 23rd Street to browse among thousands of art books.