No kids, vicious crime and a record-breaking sale

Percentage of homes in Chelsea without kids

The Hotel Chelsea room in which Nancy Spungen, the main squeeze of punk rocker Sid Vicious, was stabbed and killed in 1978. Vicious was charged with her murder, released on bail, then died shortly after.

$50.9 million
Sale price of Walker Tower’s Penthouse One, which set a record in January for the most expensive sale downtown

Sources: Zillow, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal

A finer diner

Chelsea’s iconic Empire Diner is back in business — this time under the leadership of Food Network personality Amanda Freitag. The beloved chef re-opened the retro diner at 210 Tenth Avenue in January; delectable menu items include matzoh ball marrow soup ($8) and trout almondine ($19). The resto is currently open for dinner only, though plans for 24-hour service are in the works.

Art of living

Planned with Chelsea’s artsy scene in mind, the first units at Tavros Development’s eight-unit condo at 560 West 24th Street hit the market earlier this year. Designed for art collectors — with reinforced walls and gallery-style ceiling lights — the available units include an $18 million, four-bedroom penthouse that has nearly 4,600 square feet of indoor space, plus 1,040 square feet of terraces.

There’s something about Chelsea

Walker Tower and Cameron Diaz
Walker Tower and Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz is the latest bold-faced name to score a condo at Walker Tower. Her three-bedroom, 3,022-square-foot pad at 212 West 18th Street is one of three that size in the building, priced from $9.25 million to $9.65 million. The actress can reportedly count Harrison Ford, Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman among her neighbors.


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