Second to the subway for most of us (save messengers and Olympians), bicycling affords the quickest transit around Manhattan. We have seen people leaving black tie affairs at the Plaza and the Waldorf on bike, and we dodge (and sometimes join) masses of bikers in Central Park. We have also seen plenty of bike accidents. With caution we recommend bicycling in and around Manhattan to the visitor. For the die-hard, a helmet and a horn, bell, or whistle are a must. Plan your route in advance, and be alert for opening car doors and swerving cars. Heed my grandfather's three favorite adages: "easy does it", "better safe than sorry", and "not all the nuts are in the nuthouse."
Chelsea is one of New York City’s recently gentrified neighborhoods that is a pleasure to amble through. It is home to art galleries, great shops, and an uncountable number of restaurants. The side streets are dotted with charming townhouses and former warehouses and department stores with great windows that now house the city's photographers, design studios, and architectural firms.