Are you visiting Chelsea, NYC this December?

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

Jeremy Everett, Held Up By Columns, 2011. Courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery.
  • 1. American Indian Baskets and Drawings: Selections from the Eddie Basha Collection, Nov 20-Jan 11
    David Nolan New York — 527 W. 29th Street
    Tues-Sat: 10-6 P: +1 212 925 6190
  • 2. Second Life - Brent Wadden, Nov 01-Dec 21
    Mitchell-Innes & Nash — 534 W. 26th Street
    Tues-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-744-7400
  • 3. My Exploding Star: Cat Balco, Nov 07-Jan 25
    RWFA Rick Wester Fine Art — 526 W. 26th Street
    Wed-Fri: 10-6;Sat: 11-6 P: 1 (212) 255-5560
  • 4. Elaine Stocki , Nov 21-Dec 20
    Thomas Erben Gallery — 526 W. 26th Street
    Tues-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-645-8701
  • 5. Ellen Piccolo: Land, Sea (Italy and Ireland), Nov 26-Dec 28
    Prince Street Gallery — 530 W. 25th Street
    Tues-Sat: 11-6 P: 646.230.0246
  • 6. Robert De Niro Sr.: Intensity in Paint: Installation of Six Works, Nov 14-Dec 21
    DC Moore Gallery — 535 W. 22nd Street
    Tues-Sat: 10-6 P: 212 247 2111
  • 7. Heather Gwen Martin, Nov 14-Dec 21
    Miles McEnery Gallery — 525 W. 22nd Street
    Tues-Sat: 10-6 P: +1 (212) 445 0051
  • 8. J.C. Fontanive: Faster Then I Thought, Nov 15-Jan 11
    Danese/Corey — 511 W. 22nd Street
    Tues-Sat: 10-6 P: (212) 223-2227
  • 9. As the Ground Turns Solid, Nov 21-Jan 18
    Sikkema & Jenkins & Co. — 530 W. 22nd Street
    Tues-Sat: 10-6 P: 212 929 2262
  • 10. Joseph Stefanelli, Nov 14-Dec 28
    Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc. — 529 W. 20th Street
    Tues-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-647-7030
  • 11. Pat Passlof, Nov 02-Dec 21
    Elizabeth Harris Gallery — 529 W. 20th Street
    Tues-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-463-9666
  • 12. Globalism Pops BACK Into View: The Rise of Abstract Expressionism, Nov 21-Jan 25
    Michael Rosenfeld Gallery — 100 Eleventh Avenue
    Tues-Sat: 10-6 P: 212.247.0082

Receptions

Events

May Stevens Rosa Luxemburg, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1976 - 1991
Ryan Lee Gallery
515 W. 26th Street
P. 212 397 0742
Oct 17, 6-8

Luca Missoni: Moon Atlast
Benrubi Gallery
521 W. 26th Street
P. 212.888.6007
Oct 17, 6-8

Lost Lands
Robert Mann Gallery
525 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-989-7600
Oct 24, 6-8

Pat Passlof
Elizabeth Harris Gallery
529 W. 20th Street
P. 212-463-9666
Nov 02, 3-6

Trisha Donnelly
Mathew Marks Gallery
522 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-243-0200
Nov 07, 6-8

Culture Keepers
C24 Gallery
560 W. 24th Street
P. +1 (646) 416 6300
Nov 14, 6-8:30

Brian Cirmo: Gray Matters
532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel
532 W. 25th Street
P. +1 917 701 3338
Nov 14, 6-8

Joseph Stefanelli
Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc.
529 W. 20th Street
P. 212-647-7030
Nov 14, 6-8

As the Ground Turns Solid
Sikkema & Jenkins & Co.
530 W. 22nd Street
P. 212 929 2262
Nov 21, 6-8

A Different Mountain: Selected Works from The Arnett Collection
Marlborough Gallery
545 W. 25th Street
P. + 1 (212) 463 8634
Nov 21, 6-8

Hunter Reynolds: From Drag to Dervish
PPOW Gallery | New York
535 W. 22nd Street
P. 212 647 1044
Nov 21, 6-8

Eve Sonneman: Navigation With Dreams
Nohra Haime Gallery
500 W. 21st Street
P. 212.888.3550
Nov 21, 6-8

Globalism Pops BACK Into View: The Rise of Abstract Expressionism
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
100 Eleventh Avenue
P. 212.247.0082
Nov 21, 6-8

Cold
Carter Burden Gallery
548 W. 28th Street
P. (212) 564-8405
Nov 21, 6-8

Elaine Stocki
Thomas Erben Gallery
526 W. 26th Street
P. 212-645-8701
Nov 21, 6-8:30

Intersections
The Painting Center
547 W. 27th Street
P. (212) 343-1060
Dec 05, 6-8

Julia Eisen-Lester Urban Tides -Drawings & Paintings
Noho M55 Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-367-7063
Dec 05, 5:30-8

Ellen Piccolo: Land, Sea (Italy and Ireland)
Prince Street Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 646.230.0246
Dec 07, 4-6

Judith Lambertson: Color, Form and Eye and “I”
Bowery Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. +639059550344
Dec 07, 3-5

Ken Grimes: Alien Variations
Ricco/Maresca
529 W. 20th Street
P. 212.627.4819
Dec 12, 6-8

The Latin American Fine Art Competition Exhibition
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. tel:+1-212-226-4151
Dec 12, 6-8

Satore Studio,A_Bahn,Satore Tech: Cosmos Within Us
New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street
Dec 02 8:30 pm
$35

And Still You Must Swing
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue
Dec 03 - Dec 08, 7: 30 pm
Starts at $10

Harold Night
UCBT Hell's Kitchen 555 W. 42nd Street
Dec 03 7: 30 pm
$7

Empowering Caregivers Mindful Tours, Conversation, And Community
The Ruben Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Dec 04 6 pm
Free

Butter Butter Butter & Sweetheart
Main Stage, 254 W. 29th Street
Dec 04 7 pm
$7

Diversity Jam
Main Stage, 254 W. 29th Street
Dec 05 6 pm
Free

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: Cross Current
New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street
Dec 05 - Dec 07, 7: 30 pm
$30

Supply & Demand
Chelsea Musical Hall 407 W. 15th Street
Dec 06 2 pm
$22

PopOp! is pop culture talk show that pops off!
Chelsea Musical Hall 407 W. 15th Street
Dec 08 7: 30 pm
$11

Petalled Power Lanterns: Family Sundays
The Ruben Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Dec 08 1 pm
Free

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: Cross Current
New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street
Dec 08 2 pm
$30

Pam Tanowitz + Simone Dinnerstein
The Ruben Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Dec 10 - Dec 15, 7: 30 pm
Starts at $10

Mr. Bear & Sexy Baby
Main Stage, 254 W. 29th Street
Dec 11 7 pm
$7

Agora Gallery Reception: The Latin American Fine Art Competition Exhibition
Agora Gallery, 530 W. 25th Street
Dec 12 6 pm
Free

MEYRU
Chelsea Musical Hall 407 W. 15th Street
Dec 14 7 pm
$18.75

Awakening Practice With Guest Teacher Lama Rapjee Wangchuk
The Ruben Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Dec 14 11: 30 pm
$19

The Mixtape Comedy Show
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
Dec 15 6:15 pm
$25

The Shrimp Store Goes
The PIT Loft, 154 29th Street
Dec 16 7 pm
$10

Dorrance Dance
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue
Dec 17 - Jan 05, 7: 30 pm
Starts at $10

Comedy Juice w/ The Daily Show's Michael Kosta & More!
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
Dec 17 9:30 pm
$17

The Gotham All-Stars!
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
Dec 19 7: 15 pm
$100

Grad Show | Improve to Sketch | MCCartney 11/11
The PIT Loft, 154 29th Street
Dec 22 6 pm
$10

The Kiss on the Lips Holiday Sketchtacular
UCBT Hell's Kitchen 555 W. 42nd Street
Dec 23 10:30 pm
$9

The Fifth Dentist
The PIT Loft, 154 29th Street
Dec 23 7:30 pm
$15

Gravid Water
UCBT Hell's Kitchen 555 W. 42nd Street
Dec 30 7: 30 pm
$9

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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