Midtown West is probably the most well known and strongly representative neighborhoods in New York City, home to some of the most recognizable and desirable landmarks and parts of Manhattan. In fact, when you think of New York City, often you think of Midtown West with its larger-than-life Times Square, which boasts clusters of huge, lit-up and sparkling signs mounted on the sides of buildings, creating a light that can be seen glowing from outer space. Also known as Hell’s Kitchen, the neighborhood stretches from West 30th Street to West 59th Street, and from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River. For a very long time, the neighborhood primarily drew residents from the working and lower classes, including a large number of Irish immigrants. It developed somewhat of a gritty reputation, however this image has now long been washed away with gentrification.
The area is best known for its world famous Times Square as well as the Theater District. Historically, the streets of Midtown West have drawn artist types, becoming a popular hub for arts, music and theater with many historic venues that put on amazing performances. The Theater District is the most reminiscent of this scene, lined with opulent vintage theaters that put on musical productions, plays and concerts nightly. Midtown West is more diverse than just these popular tourism attractions. Despite the large influx of tourists who come to the area daily, there is no denying the unparalleled ethnic and cultural diversity that remains from the olden times of New York City. The Garment District was once a bustling hub for fashion production, now houses converted factory lofts that are home to artists and other New Yorkers alike. The neighborhood is home to myriad of historic landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and Bryant Park.
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