Over the course of its history, the New York neighborhood of Chelsea has definitely had its fair share of ups and downs, butsince the late 1990s, the rate of construction of new apartment complexes in Chelsea has taken off dramatically.as part of a revitalization unlike any other in its history.
Clement Clarke Moore, a clergyman and author of 'A Visit from St. Nicholas," better known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas, is considered the founding father of Chelsea. Realizing that downtown Manhattan was poised to launch itself uptown, Moore began to sell off his land in Chelsea. The guidelines he set for contrstructing houses and apartments in Chelsea lots are still in force in much of the district.
Perhaps it is fitting that one of the reasons for Chelsea's current upswing is once again the piers. The Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex recently opened on the newly renovated waterfront that spans the area between 17th and 23rd Streets. Located within the complex are basketball courts, a golf driving range, and a microbrewery. Because of its variety of amenities, the spot has become popular with residents of many nearby Chelsea apartments.
Another reason for the Chelsea revitalization can be attributed to the interest of the gay community. Seeking a break from the increasingly crowded areas of the West Village, this community has been an active voice in Chelsea's beautification. The country's largest gay and lesbian bookstore, A Different Light, is located on 19th Street near Sixth Avenue.
Sixth Avenue itself plays a very large part in today's Chelsea. Walk uptown from 14th Street and you'll find another sign of this section's upswing. Many of the large buildings that were unoccupied for years have been utilized as large retail spaces. Everything from bookstores to clothing stores to home accessories shops have opened up within a ten-block stretch. Other commercial buildings have been converted to residential apartments in Chelsea.
Also located in Chelsea's upper reaches is the center of the Flower District. Most of the city uses these stores around 28th Street to fill their horticulture needs, but you needn't worry about having to find them in the phone book. Simply take a stroll past any day of the week, and you'll find anything from Chrysanthemums to Cacti displayed right on the sidewalk.
The most famous landmark in all of Chelsea, however, has to be the Chelsea Hotel. This unassuming redbrick building has been a haven to artists almost since it opened in 1884. Its long list of distinguished guests includes Mark Twain, Arthur Miller, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd. For those looking for long-term apartments in Chelsea, the neighborhood offers rental apartments, co-ops and condos for those who can afford relatively expensive Chelsea prices.