Are you visiting Chelsea, NYC this October?

This vibrant and unique district is full of fabulous fine art and great places to eat. Use the map below to find the exhibitions that are right for you and restaurants where you can relax and refresh. You Are Here is here for you.

Abstract Art

Aelita Andre, Paleontologists Footprint Dinosaurs Nesting Grounds, Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas.
  • 1. Alois Kronschlaeger: New Work, Sep 14-Oct 28
    Cristin Tierney Gallery — 540 W. 28th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-594-0550
  • 2. Olivia Munroe. Archetypes, Sep 07-Oct 07
    Sundaram Tagore — 547 W. 27th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-677-4520
  • 3. Piero Spadaro, Oct 03-Nov 04
    George Billis Gallery — 525 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-645-2621
  • 4. Louise Fishman, Sep 07-Oct 28
    Cheim & Read — 547 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Thu: 10-6; Fri: 10-3 P: 212-242-7727
  • 5. Polly Apfelbaum: The Potential of Women, Sep 07-Oct 21
    Alexander Gray Associates — 510 W. 26 Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-399-2636
  • 6. Pathways, Sep 26-Oct 17
    Agora Gallery — 530 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-226-4151
  • 7. Leslie Wayne. Free Experience, Sep 07-Oct 21
    Jack Shainman Gallery — 524 W. 24th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-337-3372
  • 8. Diana Al-Hadid: Falcon’s Fortress, Sep 16-Oct 21
    Marianne Boesky Gallery — 509 W. 24th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-680-9889
  • 9. Leon Polk Smith, Sep 08-Oct 21
    Lisson Gallery — 504 W. 24th Street
    Mon-Fri: 10-6 P: 212-505-6431
  • 10. Michael Reafsnyder, Oct 12-Nov 11
    Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe — 525 W. 22nd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-445-0051
  • 11. Mary Corse, Sep 07-Oct 07
    Lehmann Maupin — 536 W. 22nd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-255-2923
  • 12. Suzan Frecon. Recent oil paintings, Sep 14-Oct 21
    David Zwirner — 525 W. 19th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-727-2070

Receptions

Events

FIAT#LUX
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
Sep 28, 6-8

Pathways
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
Sep 28, 6-8

Piero Spadaro
George Billis Gallery
525 W. 26th Street
P. 212-645-2621
Oct 05, 6-8

Joyce Kozloff: Girlhood
DC Moore Gallery
535 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-247-2111
Oct 05, 6-8

Ken Bortolazzo. Kinetic Sculpture
George Billis Gallery
525 W. 26th Street
P. 212-645-2621
Oct 05, 6-8

Rachel Feinstein
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
Oct 27 10pm
$26

Kids n' Comedy Show!
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
Oct 29 1pm
$18

Agora Gallery Reception:
Agora Gallery, 530 W. 25th Street
Sep 28 6-8pm
Free

BOARD GAMES & BRIGHT LIGHTS
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Oct 01 1-4pm
Free

ART TALK & TOUR
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Oct 02 11:30-12:30pm
Free for visitors 65 and older

WHIPLASH
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
Oct 02 11pm
Free

20 Years of Harold Night
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
Oct 03 10:30pm
$7

SPIRAL MUSIC WITH DAWOUD
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Oct 04 6-9pm
Free

TBF Live
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
Oct 05 7:30pm
$25

The Gotham All-Stars!
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
Oct 09 8pm
$15

Aterciopelados
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
Oct 09 8pm
$35-$75

Daley
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
Oct 12 9pm
$25

The Lady Jam
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
Oct 13 11:59pm
Free

Manuel Donayre
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
Oct 14 8pm
$30-50

MARA: A CHAMBER OPERA
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Oct 18 7-8:30pm
$25

Liquid Courage
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
Oct 20 11:59pm
$7

Red & 10 Years
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
Oct 21 5:30pm
$22

RAGAS LIVE FESTIVAL
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Oct 21 - Oct 22, 10am
Start at $60

The High Line

Chelsea is best known for its many art galleries, with visitors continually delighted by the diversity of mediums, themes and artists all displayed in a single neighborhood. Since the opening of the High Line, though, the area has had another claim to fame, one which can provides a unique, relaxing space that can be enjoyed by tourists, art lovers and those who live and work nearby.

The High Line was originally an elevated railway that used to carry goods from warehouses in Chelsea to other places around the city. It was originally designed as a safer form of transport – far better than the previous method of sending cargo by means of freight trains which ran at street level and caused numerous accidents. Over time, however, other methods of moving things around were devised, and by 1980 the High Line seemed an anachronism which ceased to function, falling gently into disuse and decay.

When Chelsea began to revive in the 1990s, property developers were keen to dismantle it. But a determined group of citizens, who formed the group Friends of the High Line and eventually convinced the city to support their ideas, were convinced that with time, effort and vision, the High Line could become something special and valuable in the area.

Walking along the High Line today, it seems clear that they could not have been more right. The old tracks have become a delightful promenade which runs along above the streets, giving visitors an opportunity to see some wonderful New York views whilst surrounded by beauty and greenery. The plants have been carefully chosen so that some of the wild varieties which took root there when they were allowed to run wild are still represented, giving sensitive viewers a sense of what it would have been like then. This impression is increased by the metal tracks which still remain visible in some parts of the walk, a reminder of the past that gives the present design a feeling of movement and flow.

As befits an attraction in the heart of New York’s art district, the High Line also boasts public art sculptures and installations, some of which last for months, and others which are only present for a few weeks or even hours. These, too, are mindful of the space they inhabit and fit beautifully into the scene even as they encourage thoughtfulness about the nature of the place.

A refreshing change from the frenetic pace that often characterizes the city below, the High Line is the perfect place for anyone in Chelsea to relax, unwind and take time to appreciate the area.

Check out the website for more information.

Tom Otterness - Life Underground

Often we are so busy waiting for the latest art installation to open, or to visit an exhibition that has been much discussed, that we forget that we are already surrounded by art and exhibitions, both in and outside galleries and art related venues. This is particularly true in Chelsea, where every wall, staircase and corner might surprise you with a unique piece of artwork when you least expect it. That’s why, this month, we decided to feature and celebrate the amazing permanent public artwork of Tom Otterness - “Life Underground” – as a reminder that beauty and art can be everywhere and that that potential surrounds us always, as long as we are paying attention. Otterness, who is an American sculptor, created an army of over 100 small and medium sized bronze figures in 2001 and scattered them throughout the subway station at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue, here in Chelsea. The project was commissioned by the MTA’s Arts for Transit and today it is still one of the most popular public art projects in New York City. The sculptures represent people, animals and abstract subjects, all reinvented in a cartoon style and represented in different situations and activities. The result is the creation of a permanent parallel universe, charming and playful because of the combination of the subjects and their interactions, but also serious and judgmental because of their allusions to our real world and to the people who are constantly walking, sitting or running around them. The artist described the whole project as showing the “impossibility of understanding life in New York,” but the more you look at his figures, the more you actually feel the opposite – as if these little figures really understood it all much better than many of the passersby.

So, next time you’re at the subway station in Chelsea, look out for these thought-provoking sculptures. We never get tired of them!

14th Street and 8th Avenue, New York, NY
http://www.tomostudio.com/artworks/life-underground

You Are Here is a great way to make the most of your time in Chelsea. This site makes it easy to see where you are in the neighborhood and provides carefully designed themed walking tours of the art galleries that have made Chelsea famous throughout the world.

It also contains information about exhibition openings, receptions, and the special events scheduled to take place in the area. You can see what’s on and where it’s happening, as well as work out how to get there.

When you’re tired after a morning of exhibition hopping, or an afternoon browsing galleries, you can take a look at the restaurant information and let You Are Here guide you to a comfortable place to sit and have a bite to eat.

You Are Here has a fully functional mobile site, so if you're out and about in Chelsea, all you need to do is pull out your phone and check the site to find the details you need.

All the information you need for a fabulous day out in Chelsea, all in one place!

You Are Here directs discerning visitors right to the restaurants and galleries that interest them. And that means qualified traffic for you.

You Are Here covers Chelsea’s vibrant arts scene — spotlighting exhibitions, special events and galleries. With a clean, reader-friendly design, You Are Here points foodie visitors hungry for more, to the restaurants and cafes that that will appeal to their eclectic tastes, from Cheap Eats to Upscale Dining and from Kid Friendly Restaurants to Celeb-Spotting Restaurants.

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Also important,You Are Here reaches them where they stay - in the city's hotels as well as in strategically located street boxes, selected cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries and tourist information booths.

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