The area was defined by the attractions of the bluff overlooking the East River, which ran without interruption from James William Beekman's "Mount Pleasant", north of the marshy squalor of Turtle Bay, to Gracie Mansion.
It is home to some of the city's most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations Headquarters.
The conversion of the High Line to an elevated urban park has stimulated much real estate development in West Chelsea, such as these two luxury apartment buildings, "Highline 519" and "HL23" on 23rd Street
The area was among the first residential neighborhoods developed in New York beyond the boundaries of the city during colonial times, with residential development beginning in the late 18th century.
The district also contains early-nineteenth century houses, nineteenth- and twentieth-century institutional buildings, turn-of-the-century office buildings, as well as modest twentieth-century commercial structures.
From being the home base of the Westies, dangerous gang from the industrial neighborhood days. Today Hell's Kitchen is an increasingly upscale neighborhood of affluent people, as well as residents from the 'old days'.
The neighborhood is primarily residential, with a mix of tenements, apartment blocks, city housing projects, townhouses and renovated rowhouses, as well as the many new latest style development now. Chelsea’s retail businesses reflect the diversity of the population.
SoHo is the neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, notable for being the location of many artists' lofts and art galleries, to movie stars and for the wide variety of stores and shops ranging from trendy boutiques to outlets of upscale national and international chain stores.
The park owes its name to its location at the intersection—or union—of two major roads in New York City, Bloomingdale Road (now Broadway) and Bowery Road (now Fourth Avenue).
Washington Heights is connected to New Jersey via the George Washington Bridge and the neighborhood is served by the C and the A subways, with Port Authority only 5 stops away via express.