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Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Find out the history, culture, and rent in Hell's Kitchen. See how and why the neighborhood has transformed over the years, and discover what other residents have discovered for themselves about the area.
Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
5.4 Overall
Average Rent Prices 3
Public transportation 5
Schools 8
Lifestyle 9
Crime 2

Sandwiched between the Upper West Side and Chelsea on the west side of midtown Manhattan, Hell's kitchen has attracted many young professionals looking to make it in the entertainment industry, thanks to its proximity to Broadway theaters and the Actors Studio training school.

Many famous actors, from Jerry Seinfeld to Madonna, have resided there in large part because of that reason.

This Hell's Kitchen neighborhood review will look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

While the main theater area of Broadway is outside of Hell's Kitchen's borders, it is home to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, New World Stages, Terminal 5, and Stage 48.

You'll find plenty of activities along the Hudson River piers as well as the ever-popular Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum.

And there's always an event or exhibition at the Jacob Javits Center to the neighborhood's southern end.

Even if you don't find what you want within its boundaries, Columbus Circle, Central Park, Lincoln Center, and the Theater District are well within walking distance of Hell's Kitchen.

After almost 30 years of gentrification, Hell's Kitchen, also known as 'Clinton,' has gone from being the most sketchy part of Manhattan to one of the most sought-after areas to live.

Along with rising rent prices, the neighborhood is also seeing an increase in commercial and residential complexes.

Fun Fact: There are many theories as to how Hell's Kitchen got its name, but one of the most popular is the story of when:

Two cops, one green and the other seasoned, were watching a riot in the same neighborhood involving ‘youth’ and ‘age.’

Gradually, it increased, and the seasoned officer commented, “This place is a hell of its own.”

To this, the other Green Cop replied, “Hell is a mild climate for this street. This place is Hell’s Kitchen.”

What Celebrities Live in Hell's Kitchen

Celebrities that are currently living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood include:

Mekhi PhiferActor
Carmello AnthonyNBA Player - Oklahoma City Thunder
Derek StepanNHL Player - Arizona Coyotes
Mary J. BligeSinger, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actress


Hell's Kitchen is bound by the 8th Avenue subway line on 50th Street but a short walk to 42nd Street will get you to Port Authority Bus Terminal or 34th Street - Hudson Yards Subway.

BusesM11, M12, M31, M34, SBS, M42, M50

Subway lines in neighborhood

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    IND Eighth Avenue Line

Rent Prices in Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen has come a long way since it's low-rent crime-ridden days. Average rents have risen to some of the highest in the five boroughs.

However, Manhattan Plaza, a famously affordable building in the neighborhood since the 1970s and devoted to performing artists, is still under Section 8. 70% of the unit is dedicated to those in the performing arts and entertainment industry.

Some famous people who have passed through are Larry David, Samuel L. Jackson, and Alicia Keys.

If you're looking to move, here are the average rent prices in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood:

Average Rental Prices in Hell's Kitchen

1 Bed$3,000
2 Beds$4,350
3 Beds$6,000
4 Beds$5,800

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in Hell's Kitchen

Public & Charter Schools

Hell's Kitchen has a wonderful selection of public and private schools to choose from.

Beacon High SchoolPublic - 9-12 - 1304 studentsElite, progressive, highly sought-after school, modern building, challenging academics and lots of activities to choose from.
P.S. 51 Elias HowePublic - PK-5 - 389 studentsNeighborhood school, strong focus on the arts sets it apart from other schools, very active PTA involvement.
Success Academy Hell's Kitchen Charter SchoolPublic Charter - K-7 - 417 studentsVery high test scores, racially and economically mixed student body.
P.S. 11 Adolf S. OchsPublic - PreK-5 - 334 studentsRefurbished, large playground, children speak 17 different languages


No other neighborhood in Manhattan can claim to hold the title of "Restaraunt Row," thanks to their awesome selection of ethnic cuisines.

You'll be able to find all kinds of restaurants, but Hell's Kitchen is known for great Thai (particularly along 9th Ave.).

However, there is no shortage of Brazilian, Mediterranean, French, Mexican, and even Afghani food in this 'hood.

Any of the distinctive restaurants found along 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Ave) is usually jam-packed with theater-goers or locals looking to savor quality flavors and tastes.

Foodies also make sure to never miss out on the annual International Food Festival, which takes over Ninth Avenue every May, shutting down 20 blocks for local food vendors to shell out only the best international cuisines.

Some of the area's most popular stand-out spots include (but are definitely not limited to):

Pro-tip: increase your NYC play time before dining to build a hefty appetite for all the deliciousness.

How Safe is the Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 8 out of 10
Approximately 57.5491 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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