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Photographer Hannah Sider gives Charlie West an exclusive snapshot of life in the streets of Hell's Kitchen, getting the down-low on all things local in the neighborhood.

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Chris, as seen on 11th Ave

ROOMMATES?

Me, myself, and I.

PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS:

Beer Culture on 45th is always a good time. They have 12 beers on tap!

TAKE-OUT TREAT:

Poulette for a good roast chicken, because sometimes—most times—I don’t have time to cook.

SUNDAY RECOVERY SPOT:

A run along the river always works.

Christina, as seen on 10th Ave

ROOMMATES?

My boyfriend.

YOUR LOCAL:

Bea, for the best cocktails in Hell’s Kitchen.

PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS:

The Press Lounge, a rooftop bar with a sweeping view of the skyline. It never disappoints.

SUNDAY RECOVERY SPOT:

The Marshal. Every single time.

Karen, as seen on 9th Ave

ROOMMATES?

My husband and my two kids.

WHERE TO STRETCH YOUR LEGS:

Hudson River Park—there’s a lot to do, but mostly we walk or jog along the water.

PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS:

White Oak Oyster Bar—there’s a no-frills patio that’s a good place to have a meal in the summer.

SECRET FIND:

Rustic Table has brilliant coffee, and it is does a good, quick lunch.

Jenna, As seen on 11th Ave

ROOMMATES?

Two friends from college.

GO-TO GREENSPACE:

I like to walk my dog through DeWitt Park—it’s really peaceful so you forget you’re in the city.

AFTER WORK DRINKS:

The Rum House is my favorite cocktail bar—sometimes they have live music!

PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS:

Gotham West Market—there’s amazing food and we always find a table.

Enterprising
Characters

Hell’s Kitchen is full of interesting characters. From shoemakers to restaurateurs, meet a handful of those who are shaking up the neighborhood.

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Phil LaDuca

LaDuca Shoes

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​

Charlie Marshall

The Marshal

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​

Matt Fox & Enrique Crame III

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

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​

Less Concrete
More Jungle

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.

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Pier 84

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.

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