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Chelsea community in New York

Last week we visited East Village in lower east side. Today we would like to show you the Chelsea community on the west side. 

Chelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The district's boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south, 30th Street to the north, the western boundary of the Ladies' Mile Historic District – which lies between the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) and Seventh Avenue – to the east, and the Hudson River and West Street to the west. To the north of Chelsea is the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, also known as "Clinton," to the northeast is the Garment District, to the east are NoMad and the Flatiron District, to the southwest is the Meatpacking District and to the southeast is the West Village.

Chelsea is divided between Manhattan Community Board 4 and Manhattan Community Board 5. It contains the Chelsea Historic District and its extension, which were designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1970 and 1981, respectively, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, expanded in 1982 to include contiguous blocks containing particularly significant examples of period architecture.

The neighborhood is primarily residential, with a mix of tenements, apartment blocks, city housing projects, townhouses and renovated rowhouses, and its many retail businesses reflect the ethnic and social diversity of the population. The western part of Chelsea has become a center of the New York art world, with many art galleries located in both new buildings and rehabilitated warehouses.

 

What to Do in Chelsea?

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market is home to over 30 restaurants, food stores and shops, and we have out favorites. Grab a table and indulge in some delicious treats at Amy’s Bread as you watch their bakers whip up their pastries by hand through the glass windows. If you’re looking for something hot, Sarabeth’s Bakery has quite the unique breakfast menu, though we like their pumpkin waffle is the best.  The Filling Station sells extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salts all in bottles that they encourage their customers to re-use. (Tip: If you return for a “refill” you will receive a 10% discount).

 

High Line Park

Gansevoort Street to 20th Street on 10th Avenue

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This New York City staple, located on a formerly abandoned elevated railroad track, offers more than just fabulous waterfront views. The public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, running from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street, offers public  art, family and entertainment programs. Check out their events calendar for more info.

 

Expat US is also located in Chelsea! If you have any question, welcome to call or visit us at 135 West 29th Street Suite 1104 between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue.

What are the types of housing in New York city ?

Types of housing in New York are characterized by variety, as well as inhabitants. Here are the different housing styles that expats will find in New York:

PRE-WAR BUILDINGS

Pre-war buildings were constructed before World War II. They are renowned for their quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and architectural splendor. Some still employ an elevator operator and may or may not provide a do

orman or laundry facilities. It’s not unusual to sometimes hear every step of your neighbors above are making in a pre-war apartment.

POST-WAR BUILDINGS

Any building constructed from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s is referred to as a post-war property. Almost all have elevators and laundry facilities; many will have doormen. Post-war buildings generally have larger windows.

MODERN BUILDINGS

This term usually refers to buildings constructed in the 1980s. They tend to have an abundance of glass and steel, parquet tile floors, and bigger closets than post-war buildings. They might offer amenities like a health club, swimming pool and meeting room.

NEW BUILDINGS

Ten years old or less, newer luxury buildings tend to feature marble tile bathrooms and state-of-the-art granite kitchens. Many offer video security systems, on-site health clubs and many other amenities.

WALK-UP BUILDINGS

Constructed in the early 20th century, a walk-up is a three- to six-story building. As the name implies, they do not have an elevator, and most do not have laundry facilities. There is no doorman, and security is generally a locked double-door with an audio or video intercom to welcome guests.

ELEVATOR BUILDINGS

This refers to buildings with elevator service. They have often more than six stories. There is no doorman and security is provided by an audio or video intercom system.

DOORMAN BUILDINGS

While some buildings that provide a doorman are pre-war, most are newly constructed high-rises containing a variety of amenities including laundry facilities, concierge, valet and maid service, health clubs, swimming pools, lounges and parking facilities. Doorman buildings can also offer a part-time doorman only.

BROWNSTONES

The name was derived from the brownstone materials used in the construction of single family homes in the early 20th century. Brownstones will have a street entrance to the ground floor half a story below street level but ground level with the garden at the back of the house. The first floor can be accessed inside from the ground floor or from the street. Brownstones often offer plenty of unique and charming details.

TOWNHOUSES

Built as upscale private homes, townhouses are usually three or four stories high. The townhouse offers amenities more associated with a house than an apartment. Most contain very desirable amenities, such as private backyards, terraces, fireplaces and charming details.

LOFT BUILDINGS

These are usually commercial buildings that have been converted to residential dwellings. Most of them are located in neighborhoods like Chelsea, Soho and Tribeca, though today, they can also be found in some parts of Harlem. Most have tall windows and open living space. Many have self-service elevators. They originally had been created for artists.

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