Hell's Kitchen/Clinton

Manhattan

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Clinton is the newest name for the Manhattan area historically known as Hell’s Kitchen. Located in, and also referred to as Midtown West, Clinton extends geographically from 34th to 59th streets, bordered by 8th Avenue and the Hudson River going east to west. The residents of Hell’s Kitchen always refer to it as such with considerable pride. Once considered the most violent and desperate slum in America, Clinton has somehow evolved into one of the more desirable, if increasingly less affordable areas to live in Manhattan. It’s a place where a lot of charm, atmosphere and architectural integrity still exist, and Hell’s Kitchen has long attracted a population of working musicians, writers, artists and actors commingling with the more recent crop of young professional singles and couples. A vibrant, complex place culturally and architecturally, Clinton is less a continuous neighborhood and more of a series of commercial and residential enclaves. The hectic vehicular and people traffic, and the accompanying noise, particularly on 8th Avenue, tend to discourage young families. A lack of better-quality public schools in the area is another problem, though this has changed for the better in the past few years. There are few public parks to speak of, Hell’s Kitchen Park being the most notable, but the streets are largely tree-lined and lush with foliage from May through early November. Clinton offers a plethora of affordable dining opportunities, featuring a big selection of delicious Thai, Afghan, and Italian restaurants along with trendy New Americans and classic Mexican fare. Consider Clinton to be one of the city’s best and most underrated areas to live in for younger singles and couples looking to enjoy a remaining slice of classic Manhattan life before it disappears and becomes a theme park. By Ken Hamberg

Neighborhood Tags:

Nightlife, Great Transit, Restaurants, Theater

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

1
2
A
C
E

Buses:

M10
M11
M20
M31
M34 SBS
M34A SBS
M42
M50
M57
M104

Rental Prices:

$2,300 ― $4,200

Sales Prices:

$543,000 ― $1,000,000

Landmarks:

Hell's Kitchen, Studio 54, Port Authority, Hudson Hotel

School Districts:

2

Police Precincts:

18

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  • niteberg
    January 28th 2015
    Da Tomasso - Trad Italian food that tastes like Italy, prepared and served by actual Italians. The food is scrumptious and the service is attentive and accommodating. A civilized old-school dining experience minus the din and nouvelle pretensions of trendier places, overseen by one of the nicest men we’ve ever met. Molto gentile!

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