Hell’s Kitchen started life as several plots of farmland in the early 1700’s. The easy access to the river proved to be perfect for agricultural pursuits. However, as the city expanded north, more and more farms were purchased from their owners to make space for other things, like the construction of New York Hospital in 1911.
The population of the area exploded in the early 1900’s. Even so, the city didn’t pay too much attention to the area, which led to increased poverty and crime. During prohibition, Hell’s Kitchen was the site of several major distilling and rumrunner operations. Organized crime was a large presence in the neighborhood until the 1980’s, with several people dubbing it “The most dangerous place on the American Continent.”
So what happened to this dangerous place? The city started to revitalize the area, sinking a ton of money into busting organized crime and increasing the standard of living. Multiple facilities were built in the area, such as the Javits Center, in order to attract tourism. This revitalization continued well into the early 2000’s. Today, the neighborhood is much more affluent, diverse, and peaceful.
Hell’s Kitchen has a mix of Brownstones, low to mid rise apartment complexes, and has even built some newer, high rise luxury buildings recently. As a general rule, buildings on avenues will usually be taller than buildings on streets.
Hell’s Kitchen is close to many of NYC’s major attractions, like Central Park and the Theater District. This makes the area very popular with tourists who want to eat and drink before and after they see a show. Many of the bars in the area are LGBTQ+ owned and operated.
While the bars and restaurants are usually very busy, the streets of Hell’s Kitchen can be surprisingly quiet for a neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan. Popular with artistic families and professionals, Hell’s Kitchen has energy to spare.
Hell’s Kitchen is an extremely safe area with low crime rates and easy access to schools and hospitals. While this area is safe and in a great location, it’s popularity can make it a bit of a noisy neighborhood. That said, if you don’t mind the volume of the city, Hell’s Kitchen is a good place for families to visit and live.
The New York City subway system provides service to Hell’s Kitchen via the A, C, E and 7 trains.
Biking is popular here due to the miles of bike lanes and large number of Citi Bike docking stations. This is a pedestrian heavy area, so cyclists should proceed with caution.
Driving in this neighborhood is difficult. There’s usually heavy traffic and not many opportunities for parking.
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Hell's Kitchen is located within New York County, New York. This area currently has 1,634,989 residents in 753,385 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 36.7.
When looking at residents older than 25, 12.55% have graduated from high school, 31.80% have a bachelor's degree, and 28.64% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 62.9% and the median income in this county is $75,513.
At least 76.86% of those living in this county rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 31.4 minutes.
Geographically, New York County, New York is a part of the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This county is currently home to 18,812,161 residents, or 6,707,347 households with a median income of $68,319. the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area residents have a median age of 37.8 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.