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Chelsea Gardens, 255 West 23rd Street: Review and Ratings

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Carter Horsley
Review of 255 West 23rd Street by Carter Horsley

The attractive, 6-story, 2-building, Art Deco-style complex at 250 West 24th Street and 255 West 23rd Street in Chelsea was erected in 1937 and contains 162 co-operative apartments. 

It was built around a large central, landscaped garden.

Bottom Line

A through-block complex with a large central garden is at a prime location in Chelsea with many corner windows and sunken living rooms.


The mid-block building has a very impressive entrance on 24th Street where its canopied entrance is setback by symmetrical wings and lush sidewalk landscaping. 

The building has two vertical setbacks on either side of the entrance with corner windows and one section on each side has fire escapes that are painted the same shade of beige as the brick façades. 

Each story of the façade has two horizontal bands beneath the windows and there are vertical stripes above the top floor of windows. 

The lobby and elevator cabs retain original detailing.


The building has a doorman, a roof garden, a live-in superintendent, a laundry, storage facilities and bicycle room.  It allows pets.


Apartment 4AE4EE is a two-bedroom unit that has a 25-foot-long entrance hall that leads to a 22-foot-long living room and an 11-foot-square dining room next to a 13-foot-long kitchen. 

A one-bedroom unit has a 10-foot-wide entry foyer that leads to a sunken, 20-foot-long living room with a pass-through 12-foot-long kitchen. 

Apartment 6EW is a two-bedroom unit that has a 16-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a sunken 20-foot-long living room and an 11-foot-square kitchen next to a 9-foot-long kitchen. 

Apartment 5HW has a 17-foot-long entry foyer than leads to a 21-foot-long living room, a 10-foot-long den and a 10-foot-long enclosed kitchen.


An article by Alison Gregor in the December 19, 2008 edition of The New York Times reported that in 2002 the building discovered about 5,000 square feet of unfinished basement space and decided to convert it into new apartments.


Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 23 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 25 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 14 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #8 Rated co-op - Chelsea
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