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Get to know Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen stretches across a swath of Midtown Manhattan — north-south from 59th to 34th and east-west from 8th Avenue to the Hudson — with the personality to match its square mileage. This neighborhood, sometimes known by the milder name Clinton, has come a long way from the days when waterfront industries dominated. Though it is in a bit of a public transit desert, Hell’s Kitchen is near hubs like Times Square, Port Authority, and Columbus Circle. However, what it may lack in subways is more than made up for by charm. Due to zoning regulations set in the 1970s, most of the area — at least north of 42nd Street — has been excluded from luxury development. As a result, Hell’s Kitchen is characterized by its low-rise, six-story apartment buildings, which retain their original character. Despite little more than concrete separating them, Hell’s Kitchen offers a respite from the constant hustle of Midtown West and the in-your-face neon glow of Times Square.

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Hell’s Kitchen Commerce & Culture

Perhaps not as the longshoremen of yore intended, today’s Hell’s Kitchen is a hotbed for your general nightlife endeavors. Ninth Avenue is the main commercial strip, teeming with bars, clubs, and lounges. Meanwhile, its food scene provides a mix of cuisines from all over the world. Restaurant Row links Hell’s Kitchen to the nearby Theater District and lives up to the promise of its name. It’s a street — 46th between Eight and Ninth avenues — lined with restaurants, some of which have served neighborhood folks, working folks, and theatergoing folks for over a century. Green space is a little hard to come by in the neighborhood, but DeWitt Clinton Park can be found in the northwest, and there is an entrance to the High Line on 34th Street near the Javits Center. There is also plenty to do and see along the Hudson River, right in the spot where Hell’s Kitchen first grew.