Take A Walk In
This notorious neighborhood graces the Hudson River, while flourishing in modern Manhattan.
Hell’s Kitchen, also known as “Clinton,” and “Midtown West,” is a neighborhood with a colorful past, one including tales of gangs, violence, corruption and fires, all of which may have contributed to the area’s name; no one truly knows for sure.
Once the home to many immigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries, Hell’s Kitchen developed a reputation for being a “working-class” neighborhood, packed with factories, lumber yards and slaughterhouses, all of which contributed to the grittiness of the area, and subsequently, the low prices in rent. As a result, the area quickly became a haven for young actors during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, who could afford the rent and appreciated the area’s close proximity to top Broadway theaters.
Today, Hell’s Kitchen is less remembered by it’s “hellish” past, and better known for it’s easy access to the theater district, an abundance and variety of ethnic cuisines on “Restaurant Row,” food festivals and it’s general lively energy.
What To Know
Food Festivals, like The Ninth Avenue Association's International Food Festival, stretches from 37th to 57th Street every May; it has been recurring since 1974 and is one of the oldest street fairs in the city.
The Actors Studio on West 44th was where many famous actors and entertainers were trained, including James Dean, Madonna, Jerry Seinfeld and more.
The Clinton Community Garden is a public garden that was started in the 70s by Hell’s Kitchen residents who cleared out the rubble from a vacant lot and began planting it with flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Horse-drawn carriages from Central Park are kept in stables just off the West Side Highway; in fact, it’s not uncommon to hear the sounds of horses throughout the neighborhood.