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City Slip-Ups Allow Hell’s Kitchen Residential Demolition

City Slip-Ups Allow Hell’s Kitchen Residential Demolition

BY LEVAR ALONZO | At its most recent meeting, Community Board 4 members and elected officials on hand were up in arms as they discussed lapses by the Department of Buildings (DOB) that are allowing for the demolition of two more residential buildings in Hell’s Kitchen. The pair of four-story buildings at 335-337 W. 55th St. […]

Serving Your Kitchen From Hell’s Kitchen for 85 Years

Serving Your Kitchen From Hell’s Kitchen for 85 Years

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Hell’s Kitchen has changed a lot over the last 100 years, but there’s one institution on West 38th Street that’s changed very little. Esposito Meat Market, at 500 Ninth Avenue on the corner of West 38th, a traditional Italian butcher shop run by the family from which it takes its name, is […]

Facing Bus Terminal Expansion, Hell’s Kitchen Unites

Facing Bus Terminal Expansion, Hell’s Kitchen Unites

BY EILEEN STUKANE | After having their buttons pushed by –everything from a lack of communication to eminent domain threats, members of the Hell’s Kitchen community are hitting “restart” on their approach to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s plans for expanding its aging bus terminal, now located between Eighth and Ninth […]

Anxious Over New Port Authority Bus Terminal, CB4 Talks Up Historic District

Anxious Over New Port Authority Bus Terminal, CB4 Talks Up Historic District

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Despite the current mood of détente between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and local elected officials over plans for replacing the time-worn West Side bus terminal, it’s not yet clear just how committed the Port Authority is to heeding the community input it says it welcomes. For now, […]

Hell’s Kitchen Sounds Off Against New Bus Terminal, Eminent Domain

Hell’s Kitchen Sounds Off  Against New Bus Terminal, Eminent Domain

BY YANNIC RACK | Hundreds of Hell’s Kitchen residents dreading the arrival of a new bus terminal that could obliterate parts of their neighborhood gave an earful to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week, in an attempt to deliver a pre-emptive strike against any plans that would involve bulldozing residential and […]

In Hell’s Kitchen, MCC Theater Finally Finds a Home

In Hell’s Kitchen, MCC Theater Finally Finds a Home

BY YANNIC RACK | After three decades of encouraging Off-Broadway actors, writers, and directors to develop their own voices, the groundbreaking MCC Theater has finally broken ground on its new Hell’s Kitchen space. The long-awaited move will provide the nomadic nonprofit company with a stable home for the first time — and allow its founders to […]

IRT Powerhouse, Still in Use, Among Those Headed for Preservation

IRT Powerhouse, Still in Use, Among Those Headed for Preservation

BY YANNIC RACK | The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) cleared a major hurdle in the preservation of an historic powerhouse in Hell’s Kitchen last week, but voted not to consider designating a range of other potential landmarks on the West Side. At a public hearing to address its backlog of 95 buildings across the city, […]

NYS, Con Ed Seek Input On Limiting Century-Old Gas Plant Contamination

NYS, Con Ed Seek Input On Limiting Century-Old Gas Plant Contamination

BY YANNIC RACK | New York State has published plans to limit the impact of pollutants found beneath the site of a former gas plant in Hell’s Kitchen, and now seeks input from the public. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), together with Con Edison, is looking for feedback on its proposal for a […]

In Face of Teamster Opposition, de Blasio, Council Nix Horse Carriage Vote

In Face of Teamster Opposition, de Blasio, Council Nix Horse Carriage Vote

BY YANNIC RACK | The stable door has been shut, for the time being at least, on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial plan to relocate the Hell’s Kitchen horse carriage stables to Central Park. In the face of sudden opposition from the Teamsters union, which represents the carriage drivers, City Hall announced in a February 4 […]

On West Side, Stables Are Reminders of Old Hell’s Kitchen

On West Side, Stables Are Reminders of Old Hell’s Kitchen

BY YANNIC RACK | On Midtown’s bustling West Side, a lot of things are changing. Longtime residents routinely rattle off familiar complaints about rising rents and overzealous development in neighborhoods once characterized by seedy tenement buildings and an industrial waterfront. But in Hell’s Kitchen, one traditional piece of the neighborhood’s fabric is holding on stubbornly: the […]