Charlie West celebrates the energy of Hell's Kitchen and all things local in the neighborhood.
Hell’s Kitchen is full of interesting characters. From shoemakers to restaurateurs, meet a handful of those who are shaking up the neighborhood.
Choreographer-turned-craftsman Phil LaDuca's custom-made flexible dance shoes are celebrated as Broadway's best. Since 2001, his Italian-leather designs have been a favorite for those treading the boards as well as luring non-dancers to his shop.
319 W 47TH ST LADUCASHOES.COM
Every ingredient tells a story at The Marshal, a tiny brick-walled restaurant on Tenth Avenue. Though many restaurants trumpet their market-fresh menus, owner Charlie Marshall bets the farm, traversing the region identifying top purveyors—including farmers, ranchers, vintners, brewers, beekeepers and beyond—to put the Empire State on the plate.
628 10TH AVE THE-MARSHAL.COM
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Fine & Dandy
Fine and Dandy: purveyors of accessories such as knitted ties, silk kerchiefs, polka-dotted bow ties, crocheted boutonnieres, felt spats, collar bars, all made locally in New York City and the States.
445 W 49TH ST FINEANDDANDYSHOP.COM
Sean Kelly Gallery
British-born contemporary-art gallerist Sean Kelly started in SoHo in the Nineties, opened his gallery in Chelsea in 2001. His commitment to quality and his artists such as Marina Abramović and Idris Khan never wanes – and nor does his enthusiasm for Hell’s Kitchen.
475 10TH AVE SKNY.COM
Unfolding all through the city streets, Manhattan’s verdant greenery springs to life when you’d least expect. Explore the lesser known parks and gardens of Hell’s Kitchen.
Located at 44th Street and the Hudson River, Pier 84 is ideal for picnics and sunbathing, in addition to free kayaking and paddleboarding.
Hudson River Greenway
The Hudson River Greenway is a 32 mile foreshoreway for walking, running, and cycling around Manhattan. If you're on two wheels, we suggest you ride north up to the George Washington Bridge. Once you've worked up a sweat, speed back on down to the delights of Battery Park, and once dusk hits, make sure you park your wheels safely in Charlie West's own storage unit.
57th Street Greenmarket
The 57th Street Greenmarket at Balsley Park provides the freshest seasonal produce in the neighborhood from a select number of local farmers. Find juicy fruit, fresh herbs, farm fresh eggs, cheese, and a variety of plants every Saturday from May 20 though December 23.