The Weekend | NYC Neighborhood Guide: Chelsea

This Friday we have a real treat on our hands! Liz is back by popular demand (yaasssss!) and this time she is sharing some of her tips for living it up in one of New York's most charming neighborhoods, Chelsea!

Chelsea Neighborhood Guide

I've been in my Chelsea studio for what will be 3 years next month. I swear that I've come to love this neighborhood more each year, and it's only getting better. Here are my suggestions for Chelsea, from east to west.

Kick off your day at Chelsea Commons with a large coffee and an order of Avocado Toast (+ smoked salmon, if you are into that- I am). Everything in this tiny local spot is delicious, and it is awesome to be supporting an independent business, especially on this increasingly chain-driven strip. 

Post-Commons, stroll over to the place to see and be seen - Barneys New York new (and old) downtown outpost. After Loehmann's vacated the space in 2013, Barney's decided to reopen here in its original location, dating back to 1923. I find myself drooling over Loewe handbags I can never afford, and then heading up to the second floor to see the latest from Aquazzura

Other nearby shopping: Ina on 18th st for vintage finds, Room & Board, also on 18th St- beautiful new outpost showing lots of vignettes and cozy couches, Lucky Wang- cute clothes and gifts for kids with a Japanese flair

Feeling intellectually devoid after spending your next paycheck? Pop into the Rubin, conveniently adjacent to Barney's for a dose of spirituality. Tip: it's free on Friday evenings.

 Photo from the Brainwave 2016 Emotion Exhibit

Photo from the Brainwave 2016 Emotion Exhibit

Head west for some lunch at Wisefish Poke on 19th street. So fresh & delicious!

Or if the weather is on your side, swing into my favorite multi-purpose market to pack a picnic. Foragers, on 8th Avenue and 21st St, has the finest cheeses, meats, olives, breads, and desserts one could dream of. Bring your bag of goodies to the wine shop next door to receive 5% off your twist-off bottle of rose. The staff here is truly amazing - tell Katherine I sent you!

Cross the west-side highway at 23rd street near the north side of Chelsea Piers. Just about this time of year, the lawn starts bustling with kids playing, outdoor workout classes sweating it out, and friends and lovers hanging out and enjoying some spring sunshine. Join them, and stroll around Pier 63 and admire the yachts or hop on the carousel and tap into the spirit of youth!

On your walk back from the far west side, you'll pass a ton of great galleries- David Zwirner, Gagosain, Andrea Rosen- to name a few. All relatively small, pop in and out while you contemplate your next move.

Fuel up at one of my personal favorite city spots - the intelligentsia cafe at the Highline Hotel. They have a back patio that's super private and wind-protected. It's a great place to zen out and enjoy the simple pleasures of reading the paper or admiring nature. Ignore your phone. 

Two of my favorite retail spots are conveniently located right next to each other on 10th avenue- STORY and Steven Alan. STORY changes its theme every few months, and is a great place to source creative and funny gifts. Their new concept just launched in March and it does not disappoint. And although not the only location in the city, I happen to love this quiet, spacious Steven Alan. I am in love with just about every pair of shades in the store, and have been known to score a Claire V clutch on sale here more than once. 

I daresay, it's about time for a cocktail, and on this stretch you have more than a few great options. Pop into Cookshop (if it's not too crowded) for a bloody mary, or walk a few blocks down to Coliccio & Sons. The space is beautiful and open, with an incredible wine list.  

You are right by the Highline, which you have probably already done, but also near the beautifully constructed new Whitney Museum. Finish off the day strolling through their amazing space and admiring whatever weirdly cool modern exhibit that happens to be taking place.

To top it all off, a final stop for apps and a cocktail at Santina may be just what the doctor ordered.