Chelsea Art by Bike & Foot
Weekend Getaway, Day 1: 2 miles, Day 2: 3 miles
NYC offers enough interesting things to do to keep you biking for years and it's also surprisingly easy to bike around with all the separated bike lanes and greenways. If you've always wanted to see NYC by bike, here's your chance. Pack your bags for a weekend getaway! These two routes are a constellation of sites connecting art, architecture, food, drink & browsing found in the West Village, Chelsea and Downtown.
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Map & Logistics
$9.95+ daily for sturdy city bike with generator lights and a front rack for your bag
Echelon Cycles 51 8th Avenue | (212) 206-7656
$40+ daily for cruisers includes helmet & lock
MTA (Subway Map) - "Bicycles are permitted on Subway trains at all times. However, we strongly recommend that cyclists avoid boarding crowded rush hour trains." MTA.info
Start of Ride - A line, 14th Street
End of Ride - A line, 34th Street
Start of Ride - A line, 14th Street
End of Ride - C line, 23rd Street
What to Bring?
$22 for admission to Whitney Museum, credit card for Citibike rental or food, camera, comfortable shoes if you plan to walk the High Line
A. Bonsignour Cafe 35 Jane Street | (212) 229-9700
Rustic cafe with the freshest soups, salads & sandwiches served-up by just the nicest & most charming folks. The outdoor bench serves-up some of the greatest downtown people watching. $$ M-Sa 7:30am-10pm / Su 7:30am-8pm
B. WHITNEY MUSEUM 99 GANSEVOORT STREET | WWW.WHITNEY.ORG | (212) 570-3600
New location as of May 2015! Building designed by Italian architect, Renzo Piano, who was credited by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The museum has 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries & 13,000 square feet of outdoors, offering the most expansive display of modern & contemporary American Art. Admission $22. Su-W 10:30am-6pm / Tues closed / Th-Sa 10:30am-10pm
C. HUDSON RIVER GREENWAY BATTERY PARK TO 59TH STREET | WWW.HUDSONRIVERPARK.ORG | (212) 627-2020
Bikeway & park runs along the Hudson River from Battery Place at the southern tip of Manhattan to West 59th Street where it connects with Riverside Park which runs north up & past the George Washington Bridge.
South of the galleries - more scenic ride, dotted with art & sculpture, Statue of Liberty at the southern most end.
North of the galleries - Intrepid, Riverside Park dotted with art & sculptures, George Washington Bridge at the northern end.
D. DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY 525 WEST 19TH STREET | WWW.DAVIDZWIRNER.COM | (212) 727-2070
Contemporary art gallery showcasing a mix of world-renowned artists. Free. Tu– Sa 10AM–6PM
E. STORY 144 10TH AVENUE | WWW.THISISSTORY.COM | (212) 242-4853
Boutique taking the viewpoint of a magazine. Changes like a gallery & sells things like a store. $$ Su- M 11am-7pm / T-W 11am-8pm / Th 11am-9pm / F-Sa 11am-8pm
F. HIGH LINE WWW.THEHIGHLINE.ORG | (212) 500-6035
Out-of-use railway trestle converted into a public landscaped walkway… it's amazing! Take some time to do a little walkabout on The Highline. Apr 1-May 31 7am–10pm / June 1-Sept 30 7am–11pm / Oct 1-Nov 30 7am–10pm
G. Chelsea Market 75 9th Avenue | chelseamarket.com | (212) 652-2110
Greatest urban food gallery & shopping market. Originally was the National Biscuit Company's factory. Interior architecture is as interesting as the food & shops. $$ M-Sa 7am-9pm / Su 8am-8pm
H. Printed Matter 195 10th Avenue | www.printedmatter.org | (212) 925-0325
World's leading non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation & sale of artists' books. $$ M–W 11am–7pm / Th–F 11am–8pm / Sa 11AM–7PM / Su closed
I. DIA ART FOUNDATION 535 WEST 22ND STREET | DIAART.ORG | (212) 989-5566
Dia is the Greek word meaning "through". Founded to enable artists to achieve visionary projects that might not be realized because of their scale or scope. Free.
J. Ovest Pizzoteca 513 West 27th Street #2 | www.ovestnyc.com | (212) 967-4392
Naples-style dining & enoteca selection of wines. Wood & brick-oven pizza, homemade pasta with comfortable & casual dining. $$ 7 days 12pm-12am
1. li-lac chocolates | 40 8th Avenue | www.li-lacchocolates.com | (212) 924-2280
Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattan's oldest chocolate house - a New York tradition since 1923. They make old-world artisan chocolate in small batches using original recipes, time-honored techniques, and quality ingredients. Get a bag full of sweet treats for a pick-me-up along the ride. $$ M-Th 11am-8pm / F-Sa 11am-9pm / Su 11am-7pm
2. TEICH DESIGNS 22 8TH AVENUE | WWW.TEICHDESIGN.COM | (212) 537-6630
Family-owned boutique selling small-batch & handcrafted items. They sell Tandem's Skirtweights here too! $$ M-Sa 11am-7pm / Su 11am-6am
3. STANDARD HOTEL 848 WASHINGTON STREET | WWW.STANDARDHOTELS.COM/HIGH-LINE | (212) 645-4646
Commissioned by internationally acclaimed hotelier Andre Balazs. Sleek & gritty architecture in the heart of the Meatpacking District. No need to get off your bike to see this from the bike path.
4. IAC BUILDING 555 WEST 18TH STREET | WWW.IAC.COM | (212) 314-7300
World famous Canadian architect, Frank Gehry, designed the building. Twisted tower with sections packed together like cells of a beehive with the cells having the appearance of sails skinned over the skeleton of the building. No need to get off your bike to see this from the bike path.
5. 100 11TH AVENUE
Residential building designed by the prestigious French architect Jean Nouvel who described it as "a vision machine" - one of the most technologically advanced curtain wall system in NYC & refers to the West Chelsea industrial masonry & architectural traditions.
6. THE KITCHEN 512 WEST 19TH STREET | WWW.THEKITCHEN.ORG | (212) 255-5793
Non-profit performance space. Check the website to see if there will be any shows during your ride. Gallery is FREE, Tu-F 12-6 PM / Sa 11AM-6PM. Box Office open Tu-Sa 2-6pm and 1 hour before each show. Ticket prices vary.
7. MORGAN LEHMAN GALLERY 535 WEST 22ND STREET | MORGANLEHMANGALLERY.COM | (212) 268-6699
Contemporary art gallery representing internationally renowned American artists working in a diverse array of media. There are many galleries located within this building. Free. Tu- Sa 10am-6pm
8. GAGOSIAN GALLERY 555 WEST 24TH STREET | WWW.GAGOSIAN.COM | (212) 741-1111
Presents a roster of ambitious exhibitions by the world's most acclaimed living artists. Free. Tu–Sa 10am-6pm
9. MARY BOONE GALLERY 541 WEST 24TH STREET | WWW.MARYBOONEGALLERY.COM | (212) 752-2929
This gallery allows for an expanded exhibition schedule & provides facilities for larger-scale works and dramatic installations. Free. Tu-F 10am-6pm / Sa 10am-6pm
10. TAGLIALATELLA GALLERIES 231 10TH AVENUE | WWW.TAGLIALATELLAGALLERIES.COM | (212) 367-0881
Specializes in Street Art and 21st Century Contemporary Masters with a focus on the Pop Movement. Free. M-Sa 10am-6pm / Su (Seasonally) 11am-5pm.
11. JIM KEMPNER FINE ART 501 WEST 23RD STREET | JIMKEMPNERFINEART.COM | (212) 206-6872
Contemporary art in all media with special emphasis on Contemporary Master prints. Free. Tu-Sa 10am-6 pm
12. PAUL KASMIN GALLERY 293 10TH AVENUE | WWW.PAULKASMINGALLERY.COM | (212) 563-4474
Supports on-going intellectual & visual dialogue with influential modern & contemporary artists, representing several generations of internationally recognized artists working in a variety of media. Free. Tu-Sa 10am-6pm
13. 547 W 27TH STREET GALLERIES
Several galleries under one roof includes Luise Ross (self-taught artists), Sundaram Tagore (exchange between Western & non-Western cultures) and Emmanuel Fremin (emerging & mid-career artists).