Cheap hotels in Hell's Kitchen, New York
The westernmost area of Midtown stretches from Eighth Avenue out to the Hudson River, bounded by 34th Street to the south and 59th Street to the north. Originally lush meadows that the Dutch had called "Bloemendael" (anglicized as "Bloomingdale"), the area's evocative name refers to its tumultuous history—through much of the 19th and 20th centuries—as a concrete jungle notorious for its crime, slaughterhouses, docks and tenements.
In the '50s the murderous "turf wars" raged on in the "West Side," even while the the musical they inspired ("West Side Story") snapped, sang and high-kicked a few blocks away. These days, many of the speakeasies that dominated in the Prohibition years have been replaced by chic eateries, and tenements have given way to luxury condos. But in the midst of this new glitz, Hell's Kitchen holds tight to some of its signature grit, as well it should—it's earned it.