Relaxed luxury in the middle of New York’s exciting West Chelsea neighborhood may sound like a dream, but it’s a reality. Picture your new home, Jardim, with its bespoke kitchen design, complete with oak doors and walls, Italian cabinetry, and modern stainless steel countertops. In the master bath, enjoy radiant-heat flooring and a rain shower, both equally comforting to the soul and body. Take in stunning natural views from within your condominium, thanks to oversized pocket windows that tuck seamlessly into the walls.
West Chelsea just may be the brunch lover’s dream locale, with weekend options available at a number of nearby establishments. Trestle on Tenth, which serves breakfast seven days a week, offers up Swiss inspiration with morning fare such as steak tartare with quail eggs and a toasted baguette, or an herb and goat cheese omelette. Enjoy black-pepper biscuits, an asparagus and rhubarb scramble, or yogurt with homemade granola at Red Cat. Experience a taste of Paris at La Bergamote Patisserie, a French bakery/eatery complete with Euro-style sidewalk dining. Savor a classic croque monsieur or madame, a smoked salmon platter, or lemon ricotta pancakes, or share a fruit danish sampler or pain au chocolat with a close friend or two as you share stories over your morning coffee. Opt for brunch beyond the norm at Blossom, an upscale vegan brunch and lunch destination. Blossom offers up its own take on eggs Benedict or Florentine, swapping out the oeufs for a perfectly textured tofu.
Fill an evening with the arts without ever having to leave West Chelsea. Visit the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for a hilarious night of improv or sketch comedy. Witness or even take part in the Lady Jam, the theatre’s monthly “everyone-gets-to-perform” improv night just for females. Appreciate the art and athleticism of dance at Joyce Theater, which offers performances nearly every night. Savor “Kids Dance,” an annual extravaganza touted by The New York Times as “a New York City treasure,” featuring youth from Ballet Tech. For dance of another flavor, check out the show “Rioult Dance NY,” set to early progressive rock music.
Spend an inspiring evening at the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology to take in exhibits such as Force of Nature, which explores nature’s numerous influences on the fashion world. “The Science of Attraction,” one aspect of the exhibit, explores the “Peacock Revolution” that made men’s clothing of the late 1960s bold in both color and pattern. The Force of Nature exhibit features apparel and footwear from the 18th century onwards, with items from famed designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Alexander McQueen.
When in the mood for a relaxing stroll around the neighborhood, the High Line is well worth a visit. Both an excellent means of viewing the city and of taking in nature, this elevated green space is accessible from numerous locations, including several near Jardim. Take in one of the High Line’s scheduled programs to appreciate the park in new ways. Sign up for a garden tour, view many of the public art pieces along the line, or participate in a Tuesday night stargazing session to observe a universe beyond the city lights.