West Chelsea: 24 hours in New York's hottest 'hood
A Perfect Day
Our visitor spends 24 hours in NYC's hottest 'hood.
10am: Breathe in the High Line
The High Line is Manhattan's oasis of zen. The former rail-line is today a 20 block-long park where you can wander through art installations, sun-worship on ergonomic loungers or even take an open Tai Chi class. Grab a flat white from Underline, a small batch coffee house on West 20th, which also features New York's only café parkette (that's a sidewalk park, no less).
How: thehighline.org; see also nycgo.com
2pm: Lunch with the locals
Forget Chelsea Market. For a lunchtime hub without the tourists, head for the newly relocated Gansevoort Market on West 14th. The emporium is where many of the city's favourite food trucks have now permanently set up stall - call it the post-hipster food movement. Fare varies from Thai at Bangkok Bar, Burger Inc, above, for the best sandwiches in town and Big Gay Ice cream for dreamy sundaes.
5pm: Afternoon art crawl
New York has over 1,500 galleries, with West Chelsea being very much at the core of the Big Apple's art scene. Download the Chelsea Gallery Map app and you'll be signposted to the latest local happenings, from pop-up exhibitions to contemporary paragons like the Gagosian. Shopping more your bag? Visit STORY, a concept gift store which reinvents itself seasonally with themes from 1990s Revival to Happy Holidays.
How: westchelseagallerymap.com; thisisstory.com
8pm: Check into architecture mile
Home to the most exciting architecture scene in the city, it's little surprise that West Chelsea also lures the best design hotels. For a chilli-hot check-in, head for Americano, the first of the boutique Mexican chain to cross the border. Rooms are themed on Japanese ryokan inns with slick, light, wooden touches. Come evening, hit the rooftop with a Calandria tequila cocktail - the ultimate West Chelsea sundowner.
How: hotel-americano.com; from $275/€259 per night.
Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com), Delta (delta.com) and United (united.com) fly from Dublin to New York.