Hell's Kitchen

Fire escapes, cupcakes, and culinary mainstays in this sizzling Manhattan neighborhood.

Bursting with energy and devilish charisma, Hell’s Kitchen continues to evolve as high-rises move in and crooked characters move out. This classic New York City neighborhood is near it all—theaters on Broadway, green lawns in Central Park, and revered mom-and-pop culinary mainstays. As a storied NYC haunt, Hell’s Kitchen lives up to its unmistakable mystique.

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On the Map

Hell's Kitchen is within Manhattan and Midtown and bordered by Chelsea, Upper West Side, and Times Square/Theatre District

JFK Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Laguardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 16 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 33 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Fiery Spirit in the Middle of Manhattan

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No matter how many generations pass through Hell's Kitchen, the neighborhood never loses its cool.

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Small businesses adhere to Hell's Kitchen's authenticity while high-styled newcomers embrace it for its retouched modernity.

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The neighborhood's cinema-worthy streetscapes are just that–Hell's Kitchen has provided the perfect backdrop for countless films set in New York City.

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Blazing Independence

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Hell's Kitchen's local haunts are fiercely independent.

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The neighborhood's restaurants and bakeries seamlessly weave no-nonsense pragmatism with handcrafted ingenuity, setting trends and inspiring cult-followings along the way.

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Renovated, Remodeled, and Newly Built

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Hell's Kitchen's architecture hints at the neighborhood's evolution.

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While many of its blocks teem with quintessential New York City brownstones and diagonally-slanting fire escapes, contemporary glass towers dominate the skyline above them.

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Organic architecture.

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We approve.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Julia Robbs

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Born and raised in France, Julia Robbs now calls Brooklyn, NY home. She attended college in Chicago, then moved to Atlanta to study photography before recently settling in what she thinks is the world's best city, New York. She loves capturing quiet details and small moments through her photography, and enjoyed discovering the little nuances that make up each unique neighborhood in NYC while shooting for Airbnb.