While Clinton is also known as Hell’s Kitchen, that moniker is no longer apt for a place that has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years; the multitude of excellent new condo and rental high-rises, as well as the flood of young professionals, have significantly altered the neighborhood’s character. Originally settled by Irish immigrants who lived primarily in tenements, followed by a wave of Puerto Rican immigrants after World War II, Hell’s Kitchen certainly lived up to it’s name for a time. As late as the 1980’s the neighborhood was considered to be rough, but in the past few decades all of that has changed, as evidenced by the revitalization of Times Square in its easternmost section. Located West of 7th Ave and bounded by 34th Street to the south and 59th Street to the north in Manhattan, Clinton combines the gritty feel of a neighborhood that was once one of the roughest places in Manhattan, an extremely high concentration of excellent ethnic restaurants, and some of the best bars and night spots in Manhattan.
The neighborhood is trendy among those looking for a diverse place that still captures the history of New York. Now a haven for young professionals, actors, and writers, particularly ones who work in the Theater district, Clinton has become a far more appropriate name for this exciting neighborhood. While it still has some grit - great dive bars abound, and many residents remain from its rougher days - the high-rise apartments springing up all over the place are telling signs that Clinton now has a different character. Clinton witnessed a construction boom over the past decade, so there are many high-end luxury buildings to choose from in addition to its renovated tenements which give the neighborhood its traditional feel. If you’re looking to travel, Clinton is also a transportation hub. The Lincoln Tunnel, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and New York Passenger Ship Terminal are all located in Clinton, plus virtually every subway line in the city runs through the station at Times Square. Clinton residents are truly an eclectic mix of working-class and upper-class New Yorkers, and this rapidly changing neighborhood offers the full range of activities available anywhere in Manhattan.