How did the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City get its name?
In 1750, Thomas Clarke, a British Captain, purchased waterfront property in the wilds north of New York. He named his estate “Chelsea” after a soldiers’ home near London. The holding covered the space between what is today Eighth and Tenth Avenues, and 19th and 24th Streets.
Captain Clarke’s grandson, Clement Clarke Moore, divided the estate in the 1830s, after the modern grid had been laid. (You might know Mr. Moore as the writer of The Night Before Christmas.) A park at the southeast corner of 22nd Street and Tenth Avenue is named in his honor, and he’s generally considered to be the “founder” of Chelsea as a neighborhood.
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