The Chelsea neighborhood, from its founding in 1750, is no stranger to change, with new institutions constantly moving in and out. Here is a quick glance at some of the exciting new developments occurring in the area:
1. The Whitney Museum of American Art: Commonly known as the Whitney, the institution is constructing a new building between the High Line and the Hudson River that will be open to the public in 2015. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the new location will feature more than 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space on a series of rooftops facing the High Line. Other exhibits to look forward to include an expansive gallery for temporary exhibitions, a contemporary artists’ project space, an education center featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, and a multi-use black box theater for film, video, and performance with an adjacent outdoor gallery.
2. Peloton Cycle: This cycling gym, opening later this winter at 140 W. 23rd St., will not only offer instructor-led classes in their 50-bike studio, but also has an innovative idea in mind: They plan to sell their custom-made carbon steel exercise bikes equipped with touch screens allowing users to view live-stream instructor led classes in the comforts of their homes. All of the cycling classes in the studio will be filmed and streamed online, to ensure that subscribers across the country are able to follow along. The bike also has a microphone and webcam, allowing cyclers compete and video chat with friends and rivals while working out!
3. The Empire Diner: Under the direction of Food Network Personality and Chef Amanda Freitag, the iconic diner reopened a few days ago after closing its business nearly four years earlier. Featured dishes range from the expected Buttermilk Pancakes ($11) and Patty Melts ($14) to the more modern Trout Almondine ($19) in a nutty brown butter sauce and the Oyster Pan Roast ($16) with pork belly poached oyster and potatoes over pumpernickel. Check them out at their location: 210 Tenth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd!
4. AVA High Line: The real estate company continues to offer more housing options for the Chelsea community in the new year, including studio, one and two bedroom apartments for rent. Perks include living in one of the most vibrant artistic scenes in the city, basking in the beauty of the views overlooking the High Line and proximity to transportation.