Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hell's Kitchen Rates

Time Out New York gave Hell's Kitchen position six on their list of ten, an overall score of 21 beating out the East Village, Greenwich Village, and the Lower East Side.

IMG_9402"Leave your Mace at home. Bring your Chihuahua instead.

"Once a stomping ground for unsavory New York characters, Hell’s Kitchen is now one of Manhattan’s most chockablock areas...

"HK’s Eighth Avenue strip near Port Authority is its busiest area; sidewalks are packed 20 bodies deep—mostly dizzy tourists fresh from Times Square. Souvenir shops, electronics discount stores and adult video rentals abound.

"But walk one block west and the change in energy is palpable. Ninth Avenue is the heart of HK, and sidewalks are sprinkled with a collection of people young and old, tony and grungy. Quick hellos between locals convey a sense of community, and even the desolate stretch of littered underpasses at Tenth and 39th (the least soulful part of the area) has the small-townish Astro’s Community Dog Run nestled within it.

"...The number of trendy, alfresco and hole-in-the-wall eateries boggles the brain. Restaurant Row runs along 46th between Eighth and Ninth and features trattorias and cocktail lounges galore, but the tree-lined side streets parallel to it offer just as many (and perhaps better) dining options.

"...On Ninth Avenue, streets are intimate and community thrives. People engage in small talk and there’s a mix of residential, office, industrial and retail buildings. The Irish and Italian population has accepted other nationalities: One block features a West African grocery, a Moroccan eatery and a Turkish bistro, all side by side".

(Image from ToddHellsKitchen's Flickr page).

10 comments:

dAAve said...

A very enjoyable scene for this tourist last year.
Twice.

Gareth said...

One of the funniest sights of my last trip to your fair city was the number of presumably gay men walking round clutching tiny dogs to their bosoms.

deemacgee said...

I want a dog.
A chihuahua.
When I get back to my small flat, I want to hear somebody bark.

Anonymous said...

Is 38 w. 64th st. in Hell's Kitchen? its the address on my birth certificate but not sure.

Sorted Lives said...

I have always thought Hell's Kitchen was the place to be! Consider yourself lucky.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Hey Anonymous...

That address you mentioned is too far East to be Hell's Kitchen...

Also, it's a coupla blocks north of the northernmost boundary of HK at 57th (or some say 59th) St.

Not sure what they call that area now... Except "midtown"...

citygirl15 said...

That article just increased the value of your apartment.....lucky!!!

Anonymous said...

There goes the neighborhood...now that the Times discovered Hell's Kitchen...that's the end of it. N

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me whatever happened to a guy from Hell's Kitchen named Joe Schultz? I know he was the youngest of a pretty big family. I'd say by now he'd have to be about 60 years old. He was a little on the wild side but a great guys. Thanks.

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