Location: New York

Notable Galleries: Postmasters, Printed Matter, Gagosian, Sean Kelly, Pace, Barbara Gladstone, Zach Feuer


Even Hurricane Sandy flooding this West Manhattan neighborhood couldn't stop Chelsea from, without question, dominating this list. The need to rebound was deep--this is the largest concentration of art galleries in the world. Many works were ruined by the flood, such as the basement stores of 10th Avenue art-book darling Printed Matter. And though the big hitters of the art world that call the neighborhood home made it back to life pretty quickly-spaces like Gagosian and David Zwirner-even the little guys managed to find a way to stay afloat, a testament to the resilience and strength of the community. Though Chelsea is home to some of the largest gallerists in the world, it's the low- and mid-level spaces that really lend diversity to the nabe. There is really something for everyone in Chelsea, from the envelope-pushing to the populist to the playful to the shocking to the mundane.

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