We have loved living in Chelsea. It's been convenient in every regard, from grocery shopping to eating out to schools and parks. Depending on how you like to shop, there are low-end and high-end options, all within a few blocks of the apartment: Foragers
, Trader Joe's
, Whole Foods
, and Gristedes
. The Union Square farmer's market is a great place to shop on Wednesday and Saturday. Easy access to 6th Avenue makes for a quick trip to some of the "big box" essentials that you sometimes need, including The Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, and Home Depot. Running and biking along the Hudson River
, The Highline
, and Chelsea Piers
are just a few blocks to the west.
In terms of restaurants, we only have a few neighborhood favorites that we would recommend: Harbs Bakery
for exquisite Japanese cakes; Milk Bar
for any and all sweet cravings; Momofuku Nishi
for some of the best Italian we've ever had; and Momoya
for the best sushi in Chelsea.
We're lucky enough to say that our commute has always been easy. Matthew walks a few blocks to his architecture studio located in the Flower District on 28th Street. Munawar takes the train a few stops in the other direction to her office in SoHo. The apartment is near multiple popular subway lines (A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, F, M) and taxi thoroughfares.
The children attended private day care when they were three months old at The Children's Garden
at the General Theological Seminary. It's a hidden gem located on West 21st Street, between 9th Ave and 10th Ave. It's a short walk from the apartment and feels like you've entered into an idyllic garden setting in a land far, far away. The grounds and staff were everything we could have hoped for our children, especially at such a young age. When they were ready for pre-K, Owen and Alastair continued on to PS11, located on West 21st Street, between 8th Ave and 9th Ave. It was an even shorter, one-block walk to school in the morning, and could not be more convenient, with an 8:30 AM dropoff and a 6:00 PM pickup. PS11 is a showcase school with one of the best principals in the city—Principal Bob Bender. He has worked hard to assemble an award-winning set of educators and support staff. The after school program from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM is incredibly robust and offers all of the sports, arts, and STEM programming you could hope for. Owen and Alastair have both received an incredibly well-rounded education in their time here.