Hell's Kitchen, also known as Clinton and Midtown West, is a neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City located between 34th Street in the south, 59th Street in the north, Eighth Avenue in the east and the Hudson River to the west. The area provides transportation, hospital and warehouse infrastructure support to the Midtown Manhattan business district. Its gritty reputation kept real estate prices below those of most other areas of Manhattan until the early 1990s; but luxury new development and rental buildings have recreates image of the area. The most notable building is the Link Condo Development by the same group who did the Plaza Hotel and Residences.
"Hell's Kitchen" generally refers to the area from 42ndth to 57th streets. Starting west of Eighth Avenue, city zoning regulations generally limit buildings to six stories. As a result, most of the buildings are older, often walk-ups.
The neighborhood overlaps the Times Square Theater District to the east at Eighth Avenue. On its southeast border, Eighth Avenue are the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street, the Pride of Manhattan Fire Station , several theatres including Studio 54, the original soup stand of Seinfeld's "The Soup Nazi"' and the Hearst Tower.
The neighborhood northern edges toward the southern boundary of the Upper West Side, and 57th Street is considered by some as the best real estate in NYC such as Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, the Sheffield, Central Park Place and other luxury condos.
Hell's Kitchen has stuck as the general and informal name of the neighborhood even though real estate developers have offered alternatives of "Clinton" and "Midtown West" or even "the Mid-West". The Clinton name, used by the municipality of New York City, originated in 1959 in an attempt to link the area to DeWitt Clinton Park at 52nd and Eleventh Avenue, named after the 19th century New York governor.
Historically, Hell's Kitchen was the home base of the Westies, dangerous gang from the industrial neighborhood days. It was not until the early 1980s that widespread gentrification began to alter the demographics of the longtime working-class neighborhood. The 1980s also saw an end to the Westies' reign of terror, when the gang lost all of its power in a cleanup.
Given proximity to Broadway theatres, the neighborhood is a haven for aspiring actors. Many famous actors and entertainers have resided there.
Today Hell's Kitchen is an increasingly upscale neighborhood of affluent people, as well as residents from the 'old days'. And is most noted for being centrally located near all major transportation and close to central park.
Landmark Buildings and Distinguished Addresses
The 505, 505 West 47th Street
Orion Condominium, 350 West 42nd Street
Griffin Court, 800 10th Avenue #3Q
Platinum 247 West 46th Street
Park Imperial Condo, 230 West 56th
Platinum Condo, 247 West 46th Street
2 Worldwide Plaza, 350 West 50th Street
Citispire Condo, 150 West 56th Street
The Link Condo, 310 West 52nd Street
Metropolitan Tower Condo, 146 West 57th Street
The Plaza Condo, 768 Fifth Avenue
One57, 157 West 57th Street
The Bacarrat Hotel and Residences
540 West, 540 West 49th Street