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Today's Featured Building: Clinton West

Hell's Gate neighborhood 1915

Clinton West is a postmodern mid-rise located in Midtown West, also known as Hell's Kitchen.[1]

When the Europeans first arrived in Manhattan, the area became known as Great Kill. It was the center for carriage making. A lonely surviving structure built before the 1800s, was once owned by President George Clinton.

With the construction of the Hudson River Railroad, the area started to become closer with New York City. The riverfront was developed into an industrial area. After the Civil War, the population dramatically increased. This area had become poverty stricken and around the beginning of the 20th the area was controlled by gangs.

Violence escalated and many of the warehouses served as breweries for the rum runners who controlled the liquor. The gangs transformed into organized crime groups.

The character of the neighborhood dictated low housing costs. This attracted artist and actors to move into the neighborhoods and take their chances with the existing crowds.

Today, many of the people from the old times have been filtered out and replaced by the new crowd, making it the up-and-coming neighborhood it is today.


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