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Chelsea

Chelsea long ago usurped SoHo as the epicenter of New York contemporary art galleries, but the opening of the High Line above 10th Avenue gave a new life to this part of the city, catalyzing new development and quickly turning the area into one of the city's most popular attractions. Momentum surged with the 2015 arrival of the Whitney Museum of American Art, which firmly established the area as a major art hub and destination—and one of the city's hottest real estate markets. Rising rents have meant fewer small galleries and, indeed, fewer small anything. With the onslaught of tech and media companies relocating here, you'll find more hackers than butchers, more chain stores than independent boutiques, and a constantly changing neighborhood.

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