CHELSEA

This hip cobblestoned neighborhood has lots to explore, from the unique High Line to cool gallery shows.  Head north for more art & food adventures at Hudson Yards or east to Flatiron for stores & more.

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EVENTS

High Line Art

Jan 1

See world-class art projects on and around the High Line, in dialogue with the nature and city scape of the unique park

Current highlights include:

* You know who I am (16th St), the Statue of Liberty recreated by Paola Pivi, wearing a playful emoji-inspired masks that changes every few months.
* NYC LOVE (22nd St) a new mural by Nina Chanel Abney with whimsical takes on the Big Apple’s classic iconography.
* Windy (24th St), a motorized spinning tornado by Meriem Bennani, inspired by New York City’s frenzied and intoxicating energy.
* Observer, Observed (26th St). Look through custom bronze binoculars by Julia Phillips and experience an unexpected flip in the power dynamics of watching and being watched via a nearby screen.
* Freedom’s Stand (30th St), an homage to the role of Black newspapers in the US across nearly 200 years. The walls of Faheem Majeed’s sculpture showcase headlines, articles, photographs, and advertisements from historical and contemporary Black newspapers from across the US.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Mar 24

See faithful adaptations of author/illustrator Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar featuring fantastical larger-than-life puppets and audience participation.

VIP tickets ($110) include a swag bag, an Eric Carle plush, and a character meet and greet after the performance.

Lap seats are available at the door for children under one ($5).

The show is inclusive, designed to be autism friendly and open to children with sensory issues. A quiet area is available in the foyer during the show. Fidgets and social stories  available, email [email protected].

🎟 Through April 9, get $20 tickets at the box office 20 minutes before the show.

🎟 Enter the digital lottery before 3 pm two days before the performance (winners are drawn day of the performance  10 am–3 pm). Winners may buy up to 4 tickets at $24 each.

Fri at 10 am
Sat–Sun 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm

The Affordable Art Fair: Stroller Hours

Mar 25

Browse original contemporary artworks ranging between $100 to $12,000. 10 am–12 pm is reserved for parents, children and strollers. Lounge on Play Kits provided by Lalo and enjoy mess-free arts and crafts hosted by The Babysitting Company.

All ages are also welcome during normal fair house (Thu-Fri 12 pm–6 pm, Sat 12 pm–8 pm & Sun 10 am–5 pm).

TADA! Youth Theater Fall Semester Open House

Apr 1

Join TADA! Youth Theater for an in-person Open House where students will participate in a fun, active musical theater sample class led by two professional NYC Teaching Artists. Immediately following, the Director of Education will provide information to parents, facilitate a Q&A, and give you access to our best discounts of spring & summer.

Limited spots available.

Age 4-7 | 10 am–10:45 am
Age 8-12 | 11 am–11:45 am

Community Studio at Chelsea Factory

Apr 2

Come together in support of children’s art education all over NYC. Join Children Museum of the Art’s Artists in Residence for a free day of artmaking at Chelsea Factory.

​​Completed work can be submitted on-site to be featured in The Lemonade Stand, a selling exhibition of children’s artworks on view at NADA New York art fair in May. All proceeds benefit CMA’s Emergency Arts Education Fund, which places artists directly into schools, instantly.

Capacity is limited and online RSVP is required. Choose between three sessions: 10-11 am (quiet hour for those with sensory needs), 11 am-1:30 pm & 1:30-3 pm.

Children’s Museum of the Arts Open Studio at Pier 57

Apr 3

Explore hands-on projects with CMA Artists in Residence across a wide range of artistic disciplines. Each month a resident will bring special programming geared for children while caregivers are welcome to enjoy the extraordinary setting of Pier 57 in the adjacent Family Living Room.

Artist Miguel Braceli leads April Open Studio with an exploration into architectural form and structure, followed by Ingrid Romero leading workshops in pattern-making and textiles in May and Clare Kambhu teaching printmaking in June.

INDOORS

DVF x Ashley Longshore Gallery

See Ashley Longshore’s paintings of inspirational women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Cleopatra, Oprah, Gloria Steinem, Nina Simone, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Jane Goodall in a photogenic gallery at the Diane von Furstenberg store.

Whitney Museum of American Art

See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building.

HIGHLIGHTS:

🖼 Works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus in The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965.
☀️ Outdoor terraces with stunning river views & cool sculptures

CURRENT EXHIBITS:

🖼 Look for…

Rubin Museum

This serene museum connects the arts and cultures of the Himalayas to contemporary life, exploring universal themes like happiness, consciousness and the cosmos. Lots of interesting details – and maybe your kid will pick up some zen vibes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

😈 Vivid paintings and statues of animals and demons
📿 Feel the zen vibes in…

Museum of Illusions

Walk on walls, put your head on a platter and play with size and perspective in over a dozen interactive illusions. A small museum that can be explored in less than an hour. Blows most young minds.

Special $62 family ticket covers 2 adults & 2 children. Free kids under 2.

 

Bubble BUMP!

Climb into a bumper car and prepare to collide with pink bouncy balls at an outdoor nostalgic ode to 80s punk culture. Safety pins, mohawks and other renegade symbols along with hot pink “Barbiecore” uniforms suffuse the hip space with a downtown, DIY attitude.

Dine rinkside in cozy rocking chairs with furry blankets on

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Pop-up Store

Explore a spacious store covered in artist Yayoi Kusama’s signature black and yellow polka dots and mirrored spheres. Lots of fun photo-ops among a colorful collaboration featuring the dots on iconic LV bags, shoes and more. There’s a claw machine, but purchase is required for a token.

Another pop-up in Soho (102 Prince St) features…

MAGENTAVERSE

Explore the sights, sounds, feelings and inspirations of the Pantone Color of the Year 2023, Viva Magenta. Step into an immersive cinematic journey through a color universe. Explore digital installations inspired by earth and space. Features content and explorations of space and technology from NASA.

Presented by Artechouse.  Inside Chelsea Market, also home many…

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop

Explore several themes that have carried through hip hop style over the last five decades, from the expression of Black Pride, to the centrality of outerwear and denim, and the influence of sports, and  celebrity style.  The exhibition ends with Hip Hop Glam—a red carpet of the avant-garde styles that hip hop artists have showcased…

High Line Nine: Kenny Nguyen: Home/land

Explore a collection of sky-lit galleries with a rotating cross-section of culture. Watch resident artists create (behind glass) and see finished work in a variety of mediums.

In Kenny Nguyen: Home/land, the galleries’ back wall is covered in a gradient of silk that is simultaneously colorful painting, textile, and sculpture.

Tony Oursler: mAcHiNe E.L.F.

Enter an immersive forest of giant crystals reflecting whirling digital video imagery from an overhead projection.  Shaped mirrors and refraction screens amplify and colorize the images from different angles. Combining new and archival footage with interventions from AI technology, Oursler explores a series of poetically associated themes in the work, including the digital sublime, melting…

Reviving the Pop Shop

See and shop Keith Haring’s iconography in a tribute to his famous “Pop Shop” store, previously located at 292 Lafayette St in downtown Manhattan. Browse vintage items including clothing and jewelry, Haring’s art-themed merchandise such as stickers and post-cards, to actual wall fragments of the Pop Shop interior – famously painted from floor to ceiling…

Edward Burtynsky – African Studies

See stunning large-format photographs conveying the fragility of the natural world, bringing together images of lush, undisturbed landscapes and environments irretrievably altered by industry. Mostly photographed from aerial perspectives,  Sub-Saharan Africa’s diverse topography forms graphic patterns and gradients of sumptuous color.

Since the early 1980s, Edward Burtynsky has been photographing industrial landscapes across the globe,…

Helen Frankenthaler – Drawing within Nature: Paintings from the 1990s

See twelve paintings and two large-scale works on paper by painting pioneer Helen Frankenthaler. See her famous soak-stained canvases, some of an unexpectedly large size from this art giant’s final decade,

OUTDOORS

Little Island

Explore nature and art on a unique floating green space on the Hudson River.

* Enjoy diverse horticulture, welcoming seating lawns, winding paths leading to spectacular views, and a variety of spaces for performing arts, relaxation and play. Make music on a variety of percussion installations and play with a spinning optical illusion.

* Restrooms…

High Line

Take a stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

* Look for of nature and  cool design incorporating elements of the original rail line. See our guide to the always-changing art installations.

* Look for interesting architecture and watch taxis…

EAT

The Standard Biergarten

A street-level beer garden serves traditional German fare including sausages, pretzels and beer. Swing by Happy Hour Wed-Fri from 4pm-6pm for 25 cent wings. A children’s menu is available every Sunday, and tots under 12 eat free.

Also play Ping-Pong in the open air courtyard plus fuseball, pool and other games in an indoor gameroom.

Food at Chelsea Market

Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and many more delicious options at this indoor market housed in a former factory. Covered outdoor tables available along 15th and 16th Streets.

Shopping options include books, chocolate and fun Chinese merchandise & snacks at Pearl River Mart. Find all sorts of sweet treats at a…

Bubble BUMP!

Climb into a bumper car and prepare to collide with pink bouncy balls at an outdoor nostalgic ode to 80s punk culture. Safety pins, mohawks and other renegade symbols along with hot pink “Barbiecore” uniforms suffuse the hip space with a downtown, DIY attitude.

Dine rinkside in cozy rocking chairs with furry blankets on