NYC tech neighborhood guide: Chelsea

April 27, 2016

Chelsea is a neighborhood in Manhattan that stretches west from 6th Avenue to the Hudson, and north from 14th Street to 34th Street. 

Starting in the mid-1800s, the area served as a manufacturing base for companies taking advantage of the piers along the Hudson River and the railroad tracks that were laid between 11th and 10th Avenues. With industrialization came immigrant laborers, and large numbers of Irish moved into the neighborhood around the time of the Civil War. 

Today’s Chelsea is better known as a center of the art world. There are over 200 galleries in the neighborhood, the railroad tracks have been transformed into the much-celebrated High Line Park, and the piers along the Hudson are either gone or have turned into a large sporting complex. 

Tech companies are also moving into the neighborhood, and both Google and WeWork have large corporate offices there. Despite the presence of these two behemoths, Chelsea still has a far smaller tech presence than the Flatiron neighborhood that sits directly to the east. 

Recently Funded Companies:

Companies to know: 

All positions are based at Justworks’ new headquarters at 55 Water Street, located in downtown NYC overlooking the East River and Brooklyn Bridge.

Word on the street: 

"I love working in Chelsea because the neighborhood really captures the vibrant spirit of New York. The eclectic mix of entrepreneurs, artists, and startups in the area motivates me to give it my all every day." — Jacquie Dershowitz, Community Manager at 

"Since ARTDEX is an art/tech startup, moving from Varick Street to a more intimate Chelsea office setting was a perfect choice for many reasons. Not only did it cut our commuting hours by half (we live uptown), it also planted us conveniently right in the midst of the Chelsea art-gallery district, which just could not have been better for us." — Jenny Park Adam, Founder and CEO at 


  • Bike Share Stations: 31
  • Subways: A, C, E at Penn Station, 23rd & 14th Streets; 1, 2, 3 at Penn Station, 28th, 23rd, 18th and 14th Streets; 4, 5, 6 at Union Square, N, Q, R at Union Square, 23rd, 28th and Herald Square; B, D, F, M at Herald Square, L at 8th Avenue an Union Square, PATH at 33rd, 23rd and 14th Streets, Amtrak at Penn Station

Coworking spaces: Wix Lounge, AlleyNYC, WeWork Meatpacking, WeWork Penn Station, WeWork Chelsea

Best places for a caffeine jolt: Seven Grams Caffe, Ninth Street Espresso, Bean & Bean, Blue Bottle Coffee, Tianti Books, Doughnut Plant

Best happy hours: Bar B, Haymaker Bar, Smithfield, One Star, Sid Gold’s Request Room, oCabanon, Pioneers

Best place to grab a slice: NY Pizza Suprema, Ovest Pizzoteca, Highline Pizza, Pizza Italia, J’s Pizza


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