About the NeighborhoodWest of Midtown and north of Chelsea, this unflatteringly named slice of Manhattan always feels like an up-and-comer. It has the eclectic cast of characters and slightly gritty edge that make New York New Yorky, and yet frequent and rapid development has added in art galleries, restaurants and high-rise apartments until it’s become more upmarket than ever. Hell’s Kitchen’s westerly waterfront buildings might be a schlep from the subway, but they’re also a quick stroll down the Hudson River Greenway to Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.
“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”
Pick up crispy rotisserie chicken at 9th Avenue’s Poulette.
Find Seinfeld’s legendary “No soup for you!” man on 55th Street and 8th Avenue.
The Lincoln Tunnel snakes under the Hudson to New Jersey.
The world’s busiest bus terminal.
The Peruvian chainlet Pio Pio serves fusion ceviches.
Bike lanes in and around Times Square have changed how New Yorkers commute.
A classic New York musical reminds of the city of yore.
Disney’s musical is the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history.
Find old-school B&H Photo on 9th Avenue and 34th Street.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum sits in a WWII aircraft carrier.