DeWitt Clinton Park
Located between 11th and 12th Avenue, 52nd to 54th Street.
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, located at Pier 86 on 12th Avenue and 46th Street, is a popular attraction for tourists and residents alike. The Aircraft Carrier Intrepid went from a World War II carrier who survived multiple kamikaze bombs, to where a fully operational museum resides. The enormous ship captures the attention of visitors of all ages and has made it on to the “must see” list of many tourists.
The Intrepid Museum was founded in 1982 when the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier was acquired by museum officials. As the museum later acquired the USS Growler (the oldest nuclear missile-carrying submarine), the Enterprise, (the world’s first space shuttle), and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to cross the Atlantic, the officials had difficulties finding a home for the space-consuming machines. However, with enough funding, the museum eventually expanded across the pier to house all its exhibits.
Hell’s Kitchen residents are constantly improving their sense of community. They have made an effort to come to together as a community and support one another. Located at 458 W 57th Street, The Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center is a non-profit community organization founded by William Hooker and Bob Kalin that showcases local artists at neighborhood venues. Many local artists use the center as a way to exhibit their work. Their mission statement reads:
At our concerts we plan to encourage interaction between audiences and performers by including an opportunity at each performance for both parties to speak to each other in a relaxed informal manner that encourages communication. All concerts will be presented with state of the art technology and will be recorded and videotaped to create an archive of all performances.
The initial focus of the HKCC will be to provide a venue for the most creative and innovative music being produced by both neighborhood and international artists in the areas of free jazz, experimental, modern classical, electronica, rock, folk and other kinds of music. Eventually we will expand into other areas of art performance and presentation including painting, photography, performance art and spoken word, dance and literary, theatrical and multi-media events produced by neighborhood residents.
In other intentions to create a strong community, the Clinton Community Garden is small garden, derived from a vacant parking lot. The garden is maintained by a selected committee and is intended to provide a peaceful environment for visitors. Henry David Thoreau, in Walden, emphasizes the importance of natural habitats especially in a large city. The garden, although small, provides a sense of serenity and escape from the hectic city life.
The Stile’s Farmers’ Market is a market for fresh produce and other groceries, located on 9th Avenue between 41st and 42nd Street. They originally were located near 52nd Street but relocated due to new management. The market is characterized by a large white tent, which the owner says “keeps both the produce and the people fresh.”
The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is a popular destination for vendors and customers who want to enjoy their weekends. The market has been rated one of the top ten shopping streets in the world by National Geographic, and they are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Here, everything from antiques to vintage clothing to modern home decorations can be found.
Located at 57th Street, Hell’s Kitchen’s Greenmarket provides much of the same atmosphere as its close relative, Union Square Greenmarket. GrowNYC, the organization that sponsors Greenmarkets throughout New York City, is extremely determined to provide the city with fresh produce and educate the city’s residents about sustainable living and eating.
I view Hell’s Kitchen as being a transitional neighborhood. This not only refers to the transitioning of the residents into higher-class apartments, but also transportation. The Lincoln Tunnel which leads into New Jersey is the main route for commuters who live in New Jersey but commute to work in Manhattan. Because of the highly active tunnel, a lot of traffic is created in the neighborhood.
As well as the Lincoln Tunnel, Hell’s Kitchen also encompasses the Port Authority at 42nd Street. Here, many buses conveniently take passengers to all around the East Coast. Located near the hectic Times Square, the Port Authority is an extremely popular destination for commuters and tourists.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report
Hell’s Kitchen is home to the studios of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Many studio audience hopefuls line up for these shows every day, just to attend the popular variety shows. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is located on 11th Avenue while its competitor is just around the corner on 10th Avenue. Up until the 2013 Emmy Awards, The Daily Show has won the prestigious Emmy Award. However, Stephen Colbert finally takes the win this year and earns the Best Writing for a Variety Series Award and the Best Variety Series at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Web. http://www.intrepidmuseum.org.
Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center, Inc. Web. http://www.hkculturalcenter.org/index.html
Clinton Community Garden. Web. http://www.clintongarden.org
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“Emmy Awards 2013: ‘The Colbert Report’ Win Finally Ends ‘The Daily Show’s’ Decade-long Winning Streak.” NY Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/emmy-awards-2013-colbert-report-beats-daily-show-best-variety-series-article-1.1464743.
McKeegan, Patrick. “After Winning Coveted Shuttle, Museum Changes the Plan for It.”New York Times. N.p., n.d. Web.