Streetshot: Hell’s Kitchen

A look at New York City’s dining and entertainment capital

We’ve always thought Hell’s Kitchen is an awesome name for the eclectic Manhattan neighborhood between 34th and 59th Streets, bordered by Eighth Avenue and the Hudson River. (For that reason, we’ve chosen to side with those who are against renaming it Clinton or Midtown West. Just so you know.)

Though the origin of its devilish moniker isn’t precisely known, it probably has something to do with the area’s emergence as an Irish-mob-dominated neighborhood in the 19th century. Today, little evidence of Hell’s Kitchen’s crooked past remains. The neighborhood has rapidly gentrified and is recognized as one of Manhattan’s most exciting destinations for dining and entertainment.

Though the entire neighborhood is sprinkled with restaurants, shops, and bars that pay homage to Hell’s Kitchen’s gritty roots, Ninth Avenue most aptly captures the neighborhood’s eclectic vibe.

Taking a stroll along Ninth Avenue, you’ll find a wide variety of shops ranging from small boutiques to high-end fashion stores and everything in between. The neighborhood’s commercial strip is also regarded for its smattering of ethnic restaurants, with tantalizing scents that waft across the city sidewalks. In fact, Hell’s Kitchen is home to The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival featuring authentic cuisine from just about every country you can imagine. Those who prefer to cook at home can shop a selection of fresh fruits and veggies at the Stiles Farmers’ Market and the 57th Street Green Market.

Until the early 1990s, Hell’s Kitchen’s shady reputation kept real estate prices relatively low compared to other parts of Manhattan. Two decades later, the neighborhood is now highly desirable and wildly unaffordable for the aspiring actors who once called the neighborhood “home.” Here’s a quick look at the local market stats.

  Hell’s Kitchen Market Stats

Average listing price: $4,933,333

Median sales price: $1,300,000

Given its close proximity to Broadway theaters and television studios, Hell’s Kitchen attracts a talented demographic to its charming streetscapes. Burt Reynolds, Jerry Seinfeld, and Sylvester Stallone have all been residents of the neighborhood. Don’t fancy yourself an entertainer? Anyone with an appreciation for the arts will enjoy the quality drama, music, and improv comedy happening every night of the week.

Though it’s only a stone’s throw from the busiest parts of Manhattan, there’s a beautiful tranquility to Hell’s Kitchen that makes it a desirable place to settle down. If you’re looking for a New York neighborhood with a rich history and unbeatable culture – keep Hell’s Kitchen on your radar.

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Kate Kasbee
Kate Kasbee is a blogger and freelance copywriter living in Los Angeles. She has a background in real estate marketing and has also written about a variety of subjects including pet care, how to adopt a vegan diet, and technology. Prior to living in sunny California, Kate spent eight years in Chicago where she lived in nine different apartments in five different neighborhoods. Though she’s not quite done exploring, Kate dreams of planting her roots and owning a home with creaky floors and plenty of land for starting an organic farm.
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