The recently revamped neighborhood is seeing a great influx of some of Manhattan’s most luxurious rental buildings, with amenities that are truly unique and highly sought out, Midtown West is an upcoming gem.
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably wanting more information about the Midtown West Neighborhood and thankfully, this article will do just that!
The Midtown West Neighborhood is actually made up of Hell’s Kitchen, though some New Yorkers prefer the name Clinton rather than Hell’s Kitchen. Whatever name you prefer, the area itself is located west of 7th Avenue from the West 30s to West 50s. The Neighborhood itself offers some truly unique residential options. In fact, many clients at Array Property Group begin their search in this neighborhood as it is renown for its large choice in luxury no-fee rental buildings. It is also a great neighborhood for its central placement within Manhattan and its easy access to a wide variety of subway lines and buses. Additionally, some luxury no-fee rentals are known to have more space for value in this neighborhood, though listings and market vary on availability.
During both the 19th and 20th centuries, Manhattan’s West Side was renown for its industrial operations ranging from railroads, factory work and docks as well as many tenements to house its workers. The actual origins of the name are heavily debated as there are many stories and legends but the story that we’ll stick to for now is that the name comes from a renown gang called “The Hell’s Kitchen Gang”. This origin seems to have gained the most traction, especially since it was referred to in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York movie. Skip forward to a century later where the name has stuck to the neighborhood and its heavily industrial background has now been replaced to a more glistening high-rise skyline.
The Midtown West Neighborhood has a wide array of residential inventory including many brand new high-rises. Some of these have been designed by eminent architects and offer advanced environmental features. This is a truly unique and upcoming area for tenants who prefer new developments. The famous Silver Towers, opened on 42nd Street in 2009, creating a new standard in construction values by introducing the idea of condo-quality in a rental building. New buildings have since then been forced to compete at this higher level creating a positive competition between no-fee luxury rentals.
Buildings in Midtown West have ample space for generous layouts and exceptional amenities packages. Far from the dense overdevelopment of Central Midtown, where skyscrapers stand shoulder to shoulder, Hell’s Kitchen has room to spread out. Developers have space to offer an unimaginable range of amenities. In this neighborhood you’ll find buildings with such unusual luxuries as basketball and tennis courts, expansive roof decks, pools, rock climbing, children’s playrooms, computer labs, conference rooms, garages, health clubs, onsite libraries, theatres, gardens, game rooms, driving ranges, music rehearsal rooms, lounges with catering kitchens and even dog spas. West Side buildings compete aggressively to provide the most creative and extravagant resources. All these extras add real value as an extension of your home, offering plenty of extra space for entertainment or a quiet retreat. The right amenities package lets you meet like-minded neighbors, creating a real sense of community within a single luxury building. Residents often say that their favorite attribute of Midtown West is the unique culture that develops in each building.
In Manhattan’s other, denser neighborhoods, residents may have views only of city streets, or even just a brick wall. But in this open area, some of the city’s most spectacular vistas may be yours, enhanced by floor to ceiling windows that capture sweeping river and skyline views. The lights of Broadway are right below your window, with the Theatre District in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. The Highline elevated park, which is still being expanded, also serves the neighborhood. The most exciting addition nearby is the $20 billion Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, which is the biggest real estate project in America’s history, bringing brand new retail, offices, parks and utilities to the southern border of Midtown West.
In the past, the biggest drawback of Midtown West was its distance from mass transit. Residential buildings compensated for this by providing shuttle buses to transit hubs. But now, the 7-line subway following 11th Avenue through the center of Hell’s Kitchen has made travel a breeze for thousands of residents, with service every five minutes. In fine weather, some residents still prefer to get to the central business district on foot or their own wheels.
Hell’s Kitchen’s location is by far its finest asset financially. Because of the lingering perception – mostly false – that the area is remote and undeveloped, rents remain relatively economical compared to the available quality, space, views, and amenities. And with ample inventory in large buildings, many managements offer no-fee luxury rentals to attract tenants. Prices continue to be favorable but are rising due to widespread press acclaim for Hudson Yards.
Midtown West is an extremely popular neighborhood for Manhattan tenants. Notable buildings include Silver Towers (one of the first super luxury rentals), Sky (with a huge scale of amenities and luxuries) MiMA (with a private Equinox club onsite), Oscar, Riverbank, 555 Ten, and Emerald Green/Crystal Green (environmentally certified).
At risk of too painful a pun, Hell’s Kitchen is now at it’s hottest. Good deals are still to be found, and Array Property Group brokers look forward to showing you around this delightful area.