Hell’s Kitchen office space comprises the Midtown West portion of Manhattan, along with Hudson Yards, Chelsea, and a few other neighborhoods. Some people say that Hell’s Kitchen is the “backbone” of Midtown Manhattan. Sometimes called “Clinton,” the neighborhood was named “Hell’s Kitchen” after a notorious motorcycle gang. Hell’s Kitchen used to be known for its overpopulation and poverty, but the city’s efforts to improve the area in the ‘90s have led to its current state as a desirable place to live and work. Now, Hell’s Kitchen is full of luxury condos, nice restaurants, and plentiful transportation options.
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In Hell’s Kitchen, “what you see is what you get,” Compass notes. The neighborhood is known for being “unpretentious” and boasts a welcoming atmosphere. Most of the homes in the neighborhood are walk-ups, townhouses, or brownstones, though Hell’s Kitchen does have a few high-rise buildings. One-bedroom apartments in Hell’s Kitchen tend to cost around $2,000-$4000, while two-bedrooms usually cost between $2,800 and $4,200 to rent. The neighborhood is home to many artists, actors, and professionals. “We can see a growing population of young professionals in Hell’s Kitchen,” said Lena Simpson, a real estate agent working in the area. “The neighborhood offers different options to match needs and expectations. . . . Many residents find Hell’s Kitchen to be a great place to settle down.”
Available office space in Midtown Manhattan varies dramatically by size and style, so the region offers plenty of appealing options for businesses in any industry and for companies that plan to grow. A large number of well-known businesses operate in or near Hell’s Kitchen, such as Coach, Wells Fargo Securities, Time Warner, HBO, DNB Bank, Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., YouTube, Venmo, and Uber.
Hell’s Kitchen’s boundaries are as follows: 59th Street borders it to the north, 34th Street to the south, Eighth Avenue to the east, and the Hudson River to the west. Nearby neighborhoods include Chelsea, Hudson Yards, Garment District, Theater District, and Lincoln Square.
Looking to escape the office for an hour or so and grab lunch with colleagues? Be sure to visit Amy’s Bread, Blossom du Jour, Hakkasan, The Marshal, and Friedman’s. For entertainment unique to Hell’s Kitchen, visit the Pershing Square Signature Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, or New World Stages, an off-broadway theater complex. Get some exercise and fresh air at De Witt Clinton Park or Hell’s Kitchen Park.
Hell’s Kitchen commercial space for lease | By the numbers
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Lease data & trends
Hell’s Kitchen is part of the Midtown Manhattan office market. Overall, Midtown Manhattan currently houses around 288.5 million square feet of office space, which is more than half of New York City’s total inventory. Developers were working on adding just over 12 million more square feet of office space to Midtown as of Q3 of 2019.
The average asking rent for office space in Midtown Manhattan rests at just over $90.25 per square foot. This pricing is higher than the $85 per square foot NYC average. Currently, just over 7 percent of Midtown office space is vacant and available to new renters. Midtown has more than twice as much Class A office space as Class B. Class A office space rents for an average of $97.25 per square foot. Class B space in Midtown is much cheaper at an average of just over $65.75 per square foot. Leasing prices vary significantly throughout the market.
Subleasing office space is a cost-cutting option for businesses that want to save money but still work in Hell’s Kitchen or other parts of Midtown West. Office subleases are arranged directly with a current office tenant and may lack the assurances that come with a direct lease through a landlord. However, for businesses that need additional flexibility, lower costs, and privacy unavailable at a coworking office, subleasing may be a good strategy.
Getting around: Transportation
Hell’s Kitchen boasts excellent transportation, in part because both Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal are located on the neighborhood’s border. Hell’s Kitchen transportation options include New York City Subway, buses, ferries, and more. Like most areas of Manhattan, Hell’s Kitchen is highly walkable; the neighborhood has a Walk Score of 98. The streets are simple to navigate: from east to west, there are numbered avenues; from north to south, there are numbered streets.
Key subway hubs in the neighborhood are at Columbus Circle (trains A, B, C, D, and 1), Port Authority (trains A, C, and E), Times Square (trains 1, 2, 3, 7, S, N, Q and R), and Penn Station (A, C, E, 1, 2, and 3). Buses M11, M12, M31, M34 SBS, M42, and M50 all stop in Hell’s Kitchen. The Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, NY Waterway, and the NYC Ferry provide ferry transportation in the neighborhood.
It’s easy to reach other parts of the city from Hell’s Kitchen. Travelers can get to Columbus Circle in 21 minutes by train (or 7 minutes by car), to Grand Central in 21 minutes by train (or 10 minutes by car), to Union Square in 27 minutes by train (or 18 minutes by car), or to Wall Street in 31 minutes by train (or 29 minutes by car).
To travel across the country or internationally, use LaGuardia Airport, Newark Airport, or JFK.
Top commercial real estate listings in Hell’s Kitchen
Ready to secure Hell’s Kitchen office space and run a business in one of Manhattan’s most exciting up-and-coming neighborhoods? Contact one of our experienced brokers, who would be happy to help you find office space to meet and exceed your business needs in Hell’s Kitchen. Or, begin the office space search with one of these SquareFoot-recommended properties in the area:
– 333 West 52nd Street: 333 West 52nd Street, an office building constructed in 1929, stands at 16 floors high in Hell’s Kitchen just a few blocks away from the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. It is equipped with fiber Internet, a lobby attendant, and a freight elevator. 333 West 52nd Street has a Walk Score of 98 and lots of convenient, nearby public transportation. Grand Central Terminal is close by, and FDR is just a few blocks to the east of the building. In addition, several parking garages are available in the area. Currently, seven units at 333 West 52nd Street are open and available to new renters. The units range from 1,240 to 9,743 in size. Contact us to learn more about pricing and availability. Those working in this building will have plenty of lunch options when it’s time to venture out of the office. Try out Ippudo, Toto ramen, Danji, Island Burger and Shakes, Pure Thai Cookhouse, Arias Hell’s Kitchen, or Alfie’s, all less than .1 mile away.
– 825 8th Avenue: World Wide Plaza at 825 8th Avenue is one of the most iconic office buildings in Manhattan. It takes up the entire block bounded by 8th Avenue, West 50th Street, 9th Avenue, and West 49th Street and stands at 49 stories tall. World Wide Plaza is tucked between Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, and Bryant Park. It was first built in 1989 and renovated in 2004; in the past eight years, SL Green has invested more than $525 million in property improvements. The building has two million square feet of space, 20,000-35,000 square foot floor plates, incredible 360 views of Manhattan, and column-free tower floors. Twenty-six units ranging from 2,490 to 41,715 square feet in size are open and available to new tenants at 825 8th Avenue. To learn more about pricing or schedule a tour of the property, contact SquareFoot. Current tenants include WebMD, CBS, West Monroe Partners, McCarter & English, Prometheus Global Media, and Rubenstein Associations. With a Walk Score of 98 and close proximity to Grand Central Station, World Wide Plaza has excellent transportation. Get here using the 1, A, C, E, B, D, N, R or W.
– 322 West 48th Street: Built in 1920, 322 West 48th Street is a 6-story, Class C office building located in Hell’s Kitchen just a few blocks from De Witt Clinton Park and the Lincoln Performing Arts Center. Currently, only two units in the building are available for lease. One is 2,191 square feet in size, and the other is 3,162 square feet in size. Contact SquareFoot for more information about pricing and floor plans. To access 322 West 48th Street, take the A, B, C, D, E, F, M, S, 1, 2, 3, or 7. Several parking garages are available nearby as well. The area offers great dining options. Be sure to check out Pure Thai, Cookhouse, which is within walking distance, as well as Patzeria Family & Friends, Times Square Diner & Grill, and West End Bar and Grill. The building has a Walk Score of 98.
Hell’s Kitchen history
The Hudson River Railroad’s construction in 1849 helped bring some of Hell’s Kitchen’s early success in integrating with the rest of New York City. While the riverfront had previously been mostly rural, it began to develop into businesses, and the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood began to grow. However, zoning rules held large-scale redevelopment at bay, despite the neighborhood’s close proximity to NYC’s chief business district. Following the American Civil War, more and more people began to move to New York City, crowding Hell’s Kitchen and surrounding neighborhoods. During that time, the area was notorious for gang life. However, the neighborhood has been through several waves of gentrification in the past few decades.
In the 1920s, Midtown Manhattan was reborn. Once a forgotten part of town, investors transformed the neighborhood into a business district, complete with the engineering feat of Grand Central Station. Though Lower Manhattan had previously driven most of the city’s economy, Midtown became a force of its own that rivaled even Wall Street with its business influence.
Until about 40 years ago, Hell’s Kitchen retained its reputation as a dangerous part of Manhattan. Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood chairwoman Kathleen Treat said, “It was like the Wild West. . . . It’s now one of the safest areas. It’s a terrific neighborhood to raise children.” Much of Hell’s Kitchen’s current growth can be attributed to the redevelopment of its buildings, it’s close proximity to the up-and-coming neighborhood Hudson Yards, and the recent addition of Time Warner Center nearby. Hudson Yards, when completed, will include more than 45 million square feet of commercial and residential space. Other improvements include an addition to the IRT Flushing Line at the 34th Street—Hudson Yards station and a renovation for the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Hell’s Kitchen’s population has become increasingly diverse thanks to the people moving there from nearby Chelsea. Real estate demand has increased, and rents have even risen above the Manhattan average.