Bounded by 34th Street to the south, 59th Street to the north, Eighth Avenue to the east and the Hudson River to the west. Also known as Clinton and Hell’s Kitchen.
Back when Midtown West was a gritty tenement district of working-class immigrants, “Hell’s Kitchen” was an apt, though intimidating, moniker. Today, this genuinely civilized neighborhood filled with local shops, cafes and restaurants provides a welcome escape from the crowds in Times Square just a few blocks east. Still, the area’s proximity to Broadway theaters has long made it an appealing domicile for both famous and aspiring actors, and lately, regular folks who appreciate the easy stroll to work and views over the Hudson. In fact, thanks to its convenience and expanding residential options, Hell’s Kitchen is hotter than ever.
Older walk-ups and brownstones mix with loft-like co-ops and high-rise doorman buildings, some with health clubs and pools. One of the area’s first apartment towers was Manhattan Plaza, built in the 1970’s to provide affordable housing for performing artists.