Meeting venues in Chelsea give off a vibe that is different from anywhere else in Manhattan. The neighborhood, which stretches from 14th to 30th streets and from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River, benefitted from a mid-'90s migration of art galleries from SoHo to the lower-priced industrial spaces on the West Side. This event brought with it an explosion of culture, architecture and celebrity.
Chelsea is easily accessible. Getting to and from the area takes approximately 45 minutes via taxi or car from the New York metropolitan area's three major airports - LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. Once in Chelsea, visitors can hail a cab, jump on the subway or catch a bus.
Modern galleries that have been converted from former warehouses line the streets and many are available for special events. Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex, a 28-acre waterfront sports village along Manhattan's Hudson River, offers a host of sports-related team activities as well as a multitude of restaurants. Chelsea Market, which dates back to the 1890s when it housed the National Biscuit Company, is a bustling arcade of food, stores, restaurants and bakeries. (The Food Network, headquartered upstairs, is where Iron Chef is filmed.) In a former Christmas-ornament factory from the 1850s, the Chelsea Art Museum is a contemporary art museum that is committed to an exploration of "art within a context." It is available for a dinner party for 50 or a cocktail party for 600.
A hidden gem among meeting venues in Chelsea is The Desmond Tutu Center, which features an innovative conference center with more than 8,000 square feet of multi-functional meeting space. Other first-rate hotels in the area include the Hilton Garden Inn New York/Chelsea, Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea, and the Wyndham Garden Hotel – Manhattan Chelsea West.
From Stephen Starr's 16,000-square-foot Buddakan New York to Morimoto NYC, to the famed One if by Land, Two if by Sea, there are so many first-rate dining venues in Chelsea, and these welcome groups.
Be sure to give your group time to stroll The Highline, a once-abandoned elevated train line that has been converted into New York City's newest park. Also check out the iconic Hotel Chelsea, which once claimed as residents Eugene O'Neill, Thomas Wolfe, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams; Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.