Hell’s Kitchen: NYC’s Gentrified, Yet Homey Neighborhood

Some know it as Clinton; others call it Midtown West. The most evocative name of this NYC neighborhood, however, is Hell’s Kitchen. The foreboding moniker is variously claimed to have derived from different sources. Perhaps the most credible is from a New York Times reporter, who came here in 1881 to report on a multiple murder. Like much of NYC, the grittiness of Hell’s Kitchen has long since been sanded down. It is now a…