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Chelsea Museums and Shopping

Explore Chelsea, just south of midtown Manhattan
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Nowhere is the clash of old and new more apparent than in Chelsea, where graceful brownstones, public housing projects and luxury... more »

Tips:  After your tour, you might want to return to the flea market at the end of the day to see if you can get an even better bargain when... more »

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Points of Interest

Start your day at the flea market, since the best stuff goes early. Plus, the year-round flea market starts at 9am, when most stores and museums are closed.

Pick up vintage fashion, antiques, collectibles and mid-century items at this parking lot turned flea market. You can find clothes, jewelry and shoes, often at bargain prices.
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2. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

This small, free museum has three galleries dedicated to fashion, with clothes and accessories. Every six months the main gallery, on fashion history, displays about 200 different objects from its collection of 50,000.
Address: Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Phone: 212-217-4558
Tuesday-Friday Noon-8pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

As Chelsea bustles, find serenity at the General Theological Seminary, which opens its grounds to the public for free, with limited hours.

Built in stages in 1827 and 1836, the seminary recently sold several townhouses--to be redeveloped as luxury housing--to raise cash. For now, you can bring a book and sit on a bench in the garden.

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The Maritime Hotel, built in 1966 as the headquarters for the National Maritime Union, opened in the summer of 2003 as a boutique hotel, with a rooftop bar, sushi restaurant and bicycle rentals.

The porthole windows are particularly striking from the outside, though they don't offer the guest rooms much light.

Address: 363 W. 16th St.
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Old Homestead Steakhouse announces itself with a cow hanging outside. The restaurant opened in 1868 and now has luxury apartments above it.

Next door, Le Pain Quotidien represents the new Chelsea, with exquisite organic sourdough bread used in sandwiches like avocado with chickpeas or ricotta with figs, or served with omelets, soups and salads.

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The Rubin Museum of Art, once a Barney's department store focusing on high fashion, is now dedicated to art of the Himalayas. The museum's collection includes paintings, sculptures, textiles, ritual objects and prints from the second to the 20th centuries.

There are drop-in art workshops for adults and families. Borrow a Yak Pack Family Activity ... More

7. Google

Google bought this building for its East Coast headquarters. It has 3 million squar feet of space and a helipad on the roof; it cost $1.9 billion.
Address: 76 Ninth Ave.