Introducing The Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District
There’s a very good reason why this area is known as the Village: it kinda looks like one! Quaint, quiet lanes carve their way between brown-brick townhouses offering endless strolling fodder for locals appreciating good weather, or tourists coming to see what all the fuss is about. The Village is cute indeed, and the best way to uncover its treasures is to simply have a wander, and when your feet grow tired of negotiating the cobbled streets plunk yourself down at a cafe with a soup-bowl-sized cappuccino.
Stroll through the Meatpacking District – once filled with slaughterhouses and now brimming with sleek boutiques and roaring nightclubs – to reach Chelsea just a smidge to the north. Chelsea bridges the gap between the West Village and Midtown, importing bits and bobs from both. It’s the de facto neighborhood for the city’s sociable gay community, and its broad avenues are lined with breezy cafes, themed bars and sweaty clubs. The neighborhood’s massive gallery scene can be found in the West 20s, with starkly contrasting mega-mart retailers orbiting Sixth Ave.