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Midtown West

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Known for its kaleidoscopically busy tourist attractions, gigantic skyscrapers, and sleepy serene residential blocks, Midtown West contains multitudes. With the Great White Way running right through its heart, this neighborhood lives and breathes culture, boasting the most performers, performances, and entertainment per capita in the entire city. Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, One Bryant Park, and countless Broadway theaters call this area home, along with blockbuster residential developments such as the the Parc Vendome, Platinum, the Atelier, Metropolitan Tower, Addison Hall, and Worldwide Plaza.


Landscape

Bounded by 34th Street to the south, 59th Street to the north, and spanning from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River, Midtown West contains some of the most valuable, iconic, and densely populated real estate in the city. Glitzy, glassy high-rises at the eastern edge of the neighborhood give way to classic pre-war buildings and townhouses further west in the Clinton Historic District.


History

When it was first mapped by Dutch settlers in the 1600s, Midtown West became well-known for its plentiful fish and waterfowl that inhabited the shores of a creek known as Great Kill that emptied into the Hudson River at 42nd Street. The end of the American Civil War brought a tremendous influx of new residents, particularly English and Irish immigrants, and by the late 1800s the area was largely ruled by gangs, and at its western edge, “Hell’s Kitchen” was known as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the entire country. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, gangs moved on to other areas, and by the early 1950s the west side was a thriving epicenter for a shipping industry that employed thousands of longshoreman who comprised much of the local population. Recently, the area has seen a tremendous investment in real estate development and a subsequent influx of new well-heeled residents.