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Get to know Clinton

The stretch of Manhattan’s Midtown from roughly Ninth Avenue to the Hudson was long known by the colorful (though no longer accurate) name of Hell’s Kitchen. While its past was shaped by the rough world of riverfront piers, that period in its history began to draw to a close after World War II. Today, it is better known for its restaurants catering to theatergoers and lounges pouring handcrafted cocktails. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Clinton today is that it has managed to fly under the radar compared to its neighbors — Chelsea, Midtown, and the Upper West Side. That has begun to change thanks to developments like River Place, which opened in 2009, and the more recent Charlie West (designed by ODA New York) and Mercedes House (by Enrique Norten). The Hudson Yards development, just to the south of Clinton, will likely increase interest in the neighborhood.
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Commerce & Culture

Clinton’s main commercial strip is Ninth Avenue, with an appealing mix of bars (many crowded with Midtown workers each day during their happy hours) and a global mix of casual restaurants. Restaurant Row, 46th between Eighth and Ninth, has long catered to theatergoers, with its oldest establishment, Barbetta, having opened more than a century ago. While not in Clinton proper, the Shops at Columbus Circle sit not far from its northern edge. The neighborhood may not have many typical cultural destinations beyond the Intrepid, in the Hudson at 42nd Street, but residents don’t have to venture far. The Museum of Arts and Design is on Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center lies just north of Clinton, and many Broadway theaters are to its east. Finally, Hudson Yards’ Vessel, an enormous art installation by Thomas Heatherwick, and the Shed, a performance space, have quickly become must-sees among both New Yorkers and visitors.

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