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Chelsea is a New York City neighborhood located on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan. The neighborhood's boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south, 30th Street to the north, the western boundary of the Ladies' Mile Historic District - which lies between the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) and Seventh Avenue - to the east, and the Hudson River and West Street to the west. To the north of Chelsea is the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, also referred to as "Clinton," to the northeast is the Garment District, to the east are NoMad and the Flatiron District, to the southwest is the Meatpacking District, and to the southeast is the West Village.

Chelsea is mainly a residential neighborhood, with a combination of tenements, apartment blocks, city housing projects, townhouses, and renovated rowhouses. Its numerous retail businesses mirror the ethnic and social diversity of the neighborhood's residential population.

The western area of Chelsea has developed into a center of the New York City art world, with lots of art galleries found in both new commercial buildings and restored warehouses. Chelsea Market, which is located on the ground floor of the former Nabisco Building, is a popular destination for food lovers.

As New York City's visual arts community rapidly moved from SoHo to West Chelsea during the 1990s, the area bounded by 10th and 11th Avenues and 18th St. and 28th St. became a global center of contemporary art. The West Chelsea Arts District houses over 370 art galleries as well as an large amount of artist studios. Chelsea is currently considered to be one of New York City's most popular residential neighborhoods.