With the exception of the Lower East Side, no other area of Manhattan has witness as rapid or profound change over the past 15 years as Midtown West. Stretching from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, the talents of Lincoln Center and Broadway illuminate this area, once known as Hells Kitchen.
Traditionally a working class neighborhood with a strong Irish population, the arrival of Puerto Rican immigrants in the 1950s brought change, and real-life drama to the area, which played a starting role in the musical West Side Story. Today’s residents are mostly actors and professionals, residing in traditional tenement and modern high rise buildings. With numerous public transportation options available like the nearby Port Authority Terminal and Times Square subway station, and with countless neighborhood restaurants, bars, and Broadway theaters, Midtown west epitomizes the expression “location, location, location!”