New York City NYC

MIDTOWN WEST

Known for
  • "Billionaire's Row"
  • 30 Rockefeller Center
  • Empire State Building
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Theater District
  • Times Square

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.

 

Iconic Architecture

 

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.

 

Historic Highlights

 

    • A single remaining structure from the era when Midtown West was open farmland is a 1700’s carriage house on West 46th Street that once belonged to Governor and former Vice President George Clinton.

 

  • While no one knows its exact origins, there are several theories about the name “Hell’s Kitchen.” One points to a comment made by Davy Crockett in 1835, who claimed that certain Manhattan residents were “too mean to swab hell’s kitchen.”
  • Some of the boldfaced names who have called Midtown West home include Burt Reynolds, James Dean, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone. Many actors continue to be drawn by proximity to the Actors Studio on West 44th Street.

Neighborhood Favorites

Nobu Fifty Seven

TKTS Times Square

Next Cleaners

Michael’s

Joe Allen

Schmackary’s

The Jolly Goat Coffee Bar

The Lamb’s Club

The Skylark

Top of The Rock

Museum of Modern Art

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum