Well, Chelsea is pretty big. The zoo that's east of 8th Ave isn't anything to write home about. Anything west of that is much lovelier, green blocks, nice restaurants, Chelsea Piers is right there and the river side walk. I used to love living there.
That's true. I suspect that's the same in other places - people want to belong, and in a place where most people weren't actually born here, it's easier to feel like you belong to the same group.