HANK'S HELL'S KITCHEN STROLL
Tired of uneventful Sunday nights? this meetup experience might be for you! After an interesting guided walk through the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood we'll end by 6:30pm at Pier 84 @ 44th Street and the Hudson River. Feel free to partake of the free swing dance lesson at 6:30pm followed by a live band at 7:00pm as part of the annual Moondance series on the Hudson River. You can also just hang out, socialize and enjoy an evening by the river. Food and drink available nearby or free feel to bring your own. More details here:
Hell's Kitchen has a very colorful history: like the Five Points downtown the area was once a haven and hangout for notorious Gangs of New York, dockworkers, factory workers -- even urban cowboys -- as well as immigrants from Ireland and Germany back in the 19th century. There were slaughterhouses, breweries, bordellos, lumber yards, tanneries and rail yards. There are vital cultural institutions there today including the Irish Arts Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (and School) and the famous Actor's Studio, which has trained many of our great performers over the years. Many parts of the area have undergone transformation -- with new housing, countless restaurants, off-Broadway Theatre and nightlife -- but it still has plenty of older tenement-style housing and a bit of its former character and grit. There's even a tavern that's been serving since 1868! Before we're done we will be sure to tell the story of how Hell's Kitchen got its name!