Year: c. 1840
|West Side Story is based on events in Hell's Kitchen|
Davy Crockett was once quoted as saying, "In my part of the country, whenever you meet an Irishman, you find a first-rate gentleman; but the New York Irish are worse than savages; they are too mean to swab hell's kitchen."
|A map of Hell's Kitchen aka Midtown West aka Clinton|
Bounded by Eighth Avenue to the east, the Hudson River to the west, 59th Street to the north, and 30th Street to the south is the infamous neighborhood that 21st century realtors refer a bit disingenuously to as "Midtown West." A taxi map will tell you that it is called "Clinton," after the eponymous DeWitt Clinton Park in its midst, but almost any New Yorker still refers to the neighborhood as Hell's Kitchen.
|Early Hell's Kitchen tenements. Many of the New York Draft Rioters of 1863 lived in Hell's Kitchen|
|Hell's Kitchen in the 1930s|
|A horse-drawn Paddy Wagon of the 1890s|
|Spillane's Bar and Grill pays appropriate homage to the hard-drinking Boss of Hell's Kitchen|
|Hell's Kitchen today|
|The old West Side Story-type tenements have become upscale condos conveniently located to Midtown|