From the inside of gorgeous architectural structures to dingy subway stations, tons of free art is all over NYC. The Chelsea Art Walk is a quintessential part of the New York art experience for tourists and New Yorkers alike.
I don’t consider myself a visual art enthusiast, but I enjoy admiring other people’s creations. It’s inspiring, boosts creativity, and gets me thinking.
If you’re looking for a fun, cheap cultural day in the city, plan a day to visit The Chelsea Art Walk. There are way fewer crowds than in most famous Museums around town, and the best part is they are all free. Chelsea’s home of about 350 galleries is packed with tons of character, culture, and this insect toilet.
You can wander leisurely through the streets between West 18th and West 27th Streets on 10th and 11th Avenues or create an itinerary beforehand. They have a great app with all the current and upcoming galleries, including descriptions and a map with locations. You can even print or share your itinerary if you’re going with a group.
Chelsea Art Walk is known mainly for its contemporary art galleries, but there are places featuring fine art, sculptures, photography, and paintings. On my last visit, there was even an interactive art exhibit that you could climb and a light exhibit.
Before or after your walk, make a stop at the High Line. It is a 1.45-mile-long old railroad track turned urban park. In the summer, they have vendors selling gelato, coffee, and other goodies. There is even an outdoor bar, Terroir on the Porch, at about 15th street.
After walking around for hours, you’re going to be hungry. While in the area, check out Chelsea Market. It was built in the former Nabisco factory (where the Oreo was invented) and lay an entire city block filled with any delicious treats you possibly want. If you’re looking for something specific, they have a map of all their markets.