Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2008/08/13 Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

West of the theatre district in New York City is Hell’s Kitchen, a district with such a menacing name.  I’ve never had a reason to go there, but since I was staying in a hotel right on the edge of the neighbourhood, it was worth an early morning walk.  I started at 49th Street, walking south on 9th Avenue.  It’s a wide street, with traffic one-way downtown (i.e. southbound).

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On the east side of the street, the security gates on some shops were still down in the early morning.  They don’t present the most attractive face for the city.

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Another block south to 48th Street, there were more shops with shutters down.

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The variety of storefronts on 9th Avenue means convenient shopping for residents nearby on the side streets.

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44th Street is a wide one-way street, looking east from 9th Avenue.

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Down 9th Avenue to 42nd Street, going east would lead to the famous theatre district and Times Square.

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Looking south on 9th Avenue at 42nd Street, the intersection is marked with cross hatches.  This is definitely a turn where a car needs to clear the traffic lights.

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Looking up from 9th Avenue at 41st Street, buses pass from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on an overpass towards New Jersey.

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From 9th Avenue travelling east, there isn’t much of Manhattan left before the Hudson River.

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I walked back north on 9th Avenue one block, to head west on 42nd Street.  There’s a lot of traffic coming into the city on this route.

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I was surprised to find a small cluster of stages at Theatre Row.  It’s away from the bright lights on Broadway.

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South of 42nd Street, Dyer Avenue brings in the traffic from the west side.

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West of 42nd Avenue at 10th Avenue are some high rises, undoubtedly with a good view of the Hudson River.

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I turned to walk north on 10th Avenue.  It’s one-way uptown (northbound).

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The streetscape on 10th Avenue doesn’t have the wall-to-wall storefronts as on 9th Avenue.

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The intersection at 43rd Street on 9th Avenue is well-groomed, with awnings and trees.

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On 45th Street at 10th Avenue is a gas station.  Manhattan isn’t the best place to own a car, but there have to be gas stations somewhere on the island.

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By 46th Street, 10th Avenue still wasn’t showing much evidence of waking up.

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Heading back towards my hotel, I walked from 10th Avenue on 46th Street eastward.  The lines of trees are a break from the concrete.

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The Matthews-Palmer Playground suggests that children live and grow up in the neighbourhood.

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Continuing east on 46th Street, I discovered that I had stumbled onto Restaurant Row.

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The large parking lot on 46th Street, near the restaurants and theatres, must be a revenue generator in the evenings.

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At 8th Avenue, the view of 46th Street east reveals the typical skyscraper contours of Manhattan.

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Turning to walk north on 8th Avenue, the streetscape looks rough, with a few shining towers.

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On 8th Avenue, there’s a wide variety of little restaurants.  For obscure cuisines, Marianne and Margaret agreed to try Iraqi food at La Kabbr.

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Hell’s Kitchen is so close to the tourist destination of Times Square, yet’s it’s a neighbourhood where New Yorks live and work.

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