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The Hell’s Kitchen small business community is located on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood is bordered by 34th Street to the south, 59th Street to the north, Eighth Avenue to the east, and the Hudson River to the west. To the east, the neighborhood overlaps the Times Square Theater District at Eighth Avenue. On its southeast border, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood overlaps the Garment District on Eighth Avenue. The northern edge of Hell's Kitchen borders the southern edge of the Upper West Side. The southern boundary of Hell’s Kitchen is at the Chelsea neighborhood. The western border of the neighborhood is the Hudson River at the Hudson River Park and West Side Highway. The most common version of the origin of the name of the neighborhood traces it to the story of "Dutch Fred the Cop," a veteran policeman, who with his rookie partner, was watching a small riot on West 39th Street near Tenth Avenue. The rookie is supposed to have said, "This place is hell itself," to which Fred replied, "Hell's a mild climate. This is Hell's Kitchen." Once a bastion of Irish Americans, Hell's Kitchen's location in Midtown has changed its personality since the 1970s. Since the early 1990s, the area has experienced rapid development. Located close to both Broadway theatres and the Actors Studio training school, Hell's Kitchen has long been a home to learning and practicing actors. Many notable establishments and small businesses are located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The New Yorker Hotel, the dynamic Manhattan Center building, the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street, several theatres including Studio 54, the original soup stand of Seinfeld's "The Soup Nazi"' and the Hearst Tower are all located in Hell’s Kitchen. Even more landmarks in the Hell’s Kitchen small business community include the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, the Hudson Hotel, Mount Sinai West, where John Lennon died in 1980 after being shot, and John Jay College. Today, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood is known as an increasingly upscale neighborhood of affluent young professionals. New office spaces for small business professionals, and residential and retail spaces have been developed in the last decade and new restaurants, cafes, markets and bars, a hotel and a cultural space have become cornerstones of the Hell’s Kitchen small business community.
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