Each neighborhood in New York City has its own vibe. Some are obvious. Want to see theater – go to the Theater District. Want to see Wall Street – head to the Financial District. Others you need to explore and spend quality time to really get a feel for it…or just get a native New Yorker to tell you about it.

Here’s our Homeworkpeople native New Yorker’s quick and easy vibe guide on each neighborhood.

Where it is: West side of Manhattan from 14th Street to 30th Street (south to north) and Hudson River/West Street to Fifth Avenue (west to east)

What tourists know it for: the High Line, Chelsea Market

What locals know it for: Art, art, and more art! And great food.

With 200+ (that’s not a typo) galleries, Chelsea is New York City’s art hub. From art on the wall to performance art to individual personalities you’ll see on the street, the culturally diverse neighborhood of Chelsea shows everyday how true expression is alive and well in NYC.

Check out some of our favorite Chelsea galleries:
Gagosian Gallery: 20,000 square feet of fantastic art to peruse. Did we mention the free admission? Check out their latest exhibit at http://www.gagosian.com/
Pace/MacGill Gallery: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol. And that’s just to name a few. Need we say more? http://pacemacgill.com/index.php
David Zwirner: Want an international flair? Check out this gallery that features fantastic exhibits from international contemporary artists. http://www.davidzwirner.com/

Not enough art for you – this handy guide allows you to explore all 200+ galleries in Chelsea and make your own itinerary: http://chelseagallerymap.com/.

And if you prefer your art to be of the performance kind, Chelsea’s got you covered! Look no further than the Joyce Theater (www.joyce.org) or the Kitchen (www.thekitchen.org) for some performances you won’t soon forget.

Grab your walking shoes and explore the great art that Chelsea has to offer.

So, what is Chelsea’s vibe? For us, Chelsea is The Heart of Art.

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