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The AFAR Guide to Chelsea

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SNL skits have poked fun at how cool (and mercurial) NYC nightlife can be, but this daytime scene—with high-end food, high-end art, and the recently opened High Line—still strikes the perfect balance of refined awesomeness.
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180 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
In a peaceful pocket of the vibrant Chelsea neighborhood, the High Line Hotel is a charming boutique with many stories to tell. There is the tale of the grounds once being home to a 17th-century apple orchard, or the history of the cloistered...
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210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
I lived in NYC for nearly ten years. So when I returned last week for my first visit since my move to San Francisco this summer, I was curious what, if anything, would feel different. The High Line, the urban park that was built on an old elevated...
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99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
For most of its history, the Whitney Museum, originally founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1931, was located on New York's Upper East Side, in the building that now houses the Met Breuer. In 2015, it reopened in a new, larger space designed...
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75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Between 15th and 16th streets on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea, the Chelsea Market is a food court with New York attitude. Its restaurants and shops sell Australian meat pies, banh mi, and lobster rolls. These are no fast-food chains—this is a...
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99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Helmed by Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, this seasonally driven restaurant is on the ground floor of the recently relocated Whitney Museum. Architect Renzo Piano designed the industrial-inspired space, seen through the cement flooring,...
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62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011, USA
Sitting right along the Hudson River, this 28-acre sports and entertainment complex is the out-of-doors escape from the concrete jungle. From a roller skating rink to a golf club (complete with an academy, driving range, and simulators), this...