The Six Hottest Emerging Neighborhoods In the World's Greatest Cities: Far West Chelsea, New York City

Last summer's extension of the High Line park brought a new crowd to this warehouse-studded pocket of the west side where galleries have replaced auto shops and passé nightclubs. Nowhere is the transformation more evident than an empty lot on 30th Street and Tenth Avenue, which hosts gourmet food trucks and synthetic-ice skating rinks in the summer.

The High Line

Photograph: Courtesy of The High Line

The High Line

WHAT TO SEE

Imagine a surreal, Hitchcockian version of Macbeth staged in a haunted house and you have Sleep No More, the latest spectacle by the British theater collective Punchdrunk. Audience members wear Venetian-style masks as they follow actors through the fictitious McKittrick Hotel.

WHERE TO SLEEP

There is an actual hotel next door: The long-awaited Hôtel Americano, from the Mexican boutique-property developers Grupo Habita. The buzzing rooftop bar has great views, a beautiful European crowd, and even better caipirinhas.

WHERE TO EAT

If you can't get into Americano's sleek restaurant, try Ovest Pizzoteca across the street. The traditional pizza rivals any in Naples.

WHERE TO SHOP

Designer Jordan Betten crafts leather outfits for the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Shakira at Lost Art. His workshop has racks of second-skin pants, man purses, snake bags, oversize belts, and killer tees.

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