Are you visiting Chelsea, NYC this January?

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. Color Matters , Jan 05-Jan 30
    The Painting Center — 547 W. 27th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-343-1060
  • 2. Daniel Phill. Urban Garden , Dec 15-Jan 23
    George Billis Gallery — 525 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-645-2621
  • 3. Chuck Webster. Cathedrals, Oct 29-Jan 30
    David Krut Projects — 526 W. 26th Street
    Wed-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-255-3094
  • 4. Various Artists exploring the Universe. Spaced , Dec 10-Jan 30
    Edward Thorp Gallery — 210 11th Avenue
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-691-6565
  • 5. Collective Exhibition, Dec 29-Jan 14
    Agora Gallery — 530 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-226-4151
  • 6. Cary Smith Solo Exhibition , Nov 19-Jan 09
    Fredericks & Freiser — 536 West 24th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-633-6555
  • 7. David Mann. Sympathetic Strings , Jan 07-Feb 06
    Margaret Thatcher Projects — 539 W. 23rd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-675-0222
  • 8. Matthias Meyer. A Distant River , Jan 08-Feb 06
    Danese/Corey — 511 W. 22nd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-223-2227
  • 9. Group Show. Concrete Cuba , Jan 07-Feb 20
    David Zwirner — 537 W. 20th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-727-2070
  • 10. Lauren Silva. Chrysalis, Jan 07-Feb 06
    Zieher Smith & Horton — 516 W. 20th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-229-1088
  • 11. Stefana McClure Solo Exhibition , Nov 12-Jan 09
    Josee Bienvenu Gallery — 529 W. 20th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-206-7990
  • 12. Giorgio Griffa. The 1970s , Jan 07-Feb 06
    Casey Kaplan Gallery — 121 W. 27th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-645-7335



Color Matters
The Painting Center
547 W. 27th Street
P. 212-343-1060
Jan 07, 6-8

Collective Exhibition
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
Jan 07, 6-8

David Mann. Sympathetic Strings
Margaret Thatcher Projects
539 W. 23rd Street
P. 212-675-0222
Jan 07, 6-8

Matthias Meyer. A Distant River
511 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-223-2227
Jan 07, 6-8

Group Show. Concrete Cuba
David Zwirner
537 W. 20th Street
P. 212-727-2070
Jan 07, 6-8

Lauren Silva. Chrysalis
Zieher Smith & Horton
516 W. 20th Street
P. 212-229-1088
Jan 07, 6-8

Giorgio Griffa. The 1970s
Casey Kaplan Gallery
121 W. 27th Street
P. 212-645-7335
Jan 07, 6-8

Sam Friedman, Josh Sperling. From the Cradle to the Grave
Joshua Liner Gallery
540 W. 28th Street
P. 212-244-7415
Jan 07, 6-9

Lisa Oppenheim. Gramma
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
521 W. 21st Street
P. 212-414-4144
Jan 07, 6-8

Penelope Umbrico: Silvery Light
Bruce Silverstein Gallery
535 W. 24th Street
P. 212-627-3930
Jan 07, 6-8

John Arsenault. Barmaid
531 W. 25th Street
P. 646-230-0020
Jan 07, 6-8

What's Right, What's Left: Democracy in America
Phoenix Gallery
548 W. 28th Street
P. 212-226-8711
Jan 07, 6-8

Roger Hiorns. Solo Exhibition
Luhring Augustine - Chelsea
531 W. 24th Street
P. 212-206-9100
Jan 08, 6-8

Corey Olsen. Garage Still Lifes
Julie Saul Gallery
535 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-627-2410
Jan 09, 6-8

Thomas Eggerer. Waterworld
Petzel Gallery
456 W. 18th Street
P. 212-680-9467
Jan 14, 6-8

Marcel Dzama, Raymond Pettibon. Forgetting the Hand
David Zwirner
533 W. 19th Street
P. 212-727-2070
Jan 14, 6-8

Hiroki Tsukuda. Enter the O
Petzel Gallery
456 W. 18th Street
P. 212-680-9467
Jan 14, 6-8

Martino Gamper, Francis Upritchard
Anton Kern Gallery
532 W. 20th Street
P. 212-367-9663
Jan 14, 6-8

Louis Draper Solo Exhibition
Steven Kasher Gallery
515 W. 26th Street
P. 212-966-3978
Jan 14, 6-8

Barbara Probst. Solo Exhibition
Murray Guy
453 W.17th Street
P. 212-463-7372
Jan 14, 6-8

Lucy + Jorge Orta
Jane Lombard Gallery
518 W. 19th Street
P. 212-967-8040
Jan 14, 6-8

Lari Pittman. Nuevos Caprichos
Gladstone Gallery
530 W. 21st Street
P. 212-206-7606
Jan 15, 6-8

Contemporary Perspectives
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
Jan 21, 6-8

Jürgen Klauke. Transformer: Photoworks from the 1970s
Koenig & Clinton
459 W. 19th Street
P. 212-334-9255
Jan 21, 6-8

Midnight Stand Up
UCB Theatre NY 307 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001
Jan 02 11:59pm

Free Senior Monday For visitors 65 and older
The Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011
Jan 04

Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO
The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011
Jan 05 - Jan 10, Tuesday 7:30pm Wednesday 7:30pm Thursday 8pm Friday 8pm Saturday 2pm & 8pm Sunday 2pm
start at $10!

ComedyJuice w/ SNL's Sasheer Zamata, The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr & Comedy Central's Brian Scolaro
Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
Jan 05 9:30 PM

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Open Company Class
New York Live Arts 219 W 19th Street New York, NY 10011
Jan 05 - Jan 08, 10am-12pm
$20/class or $70 for the week

Big Dance: Short Form
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
Jan 06 - Jan 09, 8pm

Agora Gallery Reception
Agora Gallery 530 West 25th Street
Jan 07 6-8

K2 Lounge. DJ David Ellenbogen
The Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011
Jan 08 6:00-10:00 PM

Meatpacking District's Biggest Nightclub. Switch Fridays
Highline Ballroom 431 W 16th St.
Jan 08 11:00 PM
Tickets and table reservations call 646-706-3366 or email

Ugly Duckling Presse: Costume en Face
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
Jan 09 5pm

American Dance Platform
The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011
Jan 12 - Jan 17,
start at $10!

On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace
The Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011
Jan 13 7:00-8:30 PM

Summer Preview Showcase feat. Monsieur Perine, Young Paris, Deva Mahal & Awesome Tapes From Africa
Highline Ballroom 431 W 16th St.
Jan 14 7:00 PM
$15 in advance, $20 day of show

Jen Rosenblit Live Artery: Clap Hands
New York Live Arts 219 W 19th Street New York, NY 10011
Jan 15 3pm

Arcane Collective Live Artery: Return to Absence and Ebb
New York Live Arts 219 W 19th Street New York, NY 10011
Jan 15 6pm

The Manhattan: Comedy for the New Yorker in You (The Vintage Lounge)
Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
Jan 16 10:45 PM

Parsons Dance
The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011
Jan 20 - Jan 31, Tuesday 7:30pm (Jan 26 only) Wednesday 7:30pm Thursday 8pm Friday 8pm Saturday 2pm & 8pm Sunday 2pm & 7:30pm
start at $10!

PLAY&GROUP 1: A picnic with composer Ithai Benjamin and his robotic puppets
137 W 25th St New York, NY 10001
Jan 23 11am – 12.30pm
$5 per family

American Comedy Institute Show (The Vintage Lounge)
Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
Jan 30 5:30 PM

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

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.

Plus, You Are Here's handy 8" x 3.5" size makes it easy for readers to carry with them and refer to while they're on the go.

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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