Hell’s Kitchen is also known as Midtown West, and is bordered on four sides by 34th Street, 59th Street, 8th Avenue, and the Hudson River.
Hell’s Kitchen began as a haven for lower- and working-class Irish Americans. In the latter half of the 20th century, however, things began to change as Hell’s Kitchen gentrified.
Due to its close proximity to Broadway theaters and the Actors Studio, the area became a place for aspiring actors to call home. The Actors Temple, a famous synagogue located here, is frequented by many Jewish celebrities.
Hell’s Kitchen boasts a variety of ethnic eateries, the most well known is Restaurant Row. Located on 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Restaurant Row is known for its many fine dining establishments with many different cuisines. Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Landmark Tavern. Built in the mid-1800s, it was a popular speakeasy during the Prohibition period and survives today as a great place to eat.
Hell’s Kitchen is also home to the WWII aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. Today, the ‘Fighting I’, as it was known, operates as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. It features one of the four Concorde supersonic aircraft, the submarine Growler, and the space shuttle Enterprise.