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Art in Hell’s Kitchen

It’s no secret that Hell’s Kitchen has grown into a vibrant haven of art and culture. With new luxury rentals like 555TEN rising among the collections of galleries and restaurants, Midtown West’s star continues to rise. The neighborhood’s thriving art Aendless inspiration for decorating their new homes at 555TEN.

Jadite Galleries | 413 West 50th Street

For over 30 years, Jadite has been a mainstay in New York City’s contemporary art scene and a beacon in Hell’s Kitchen. The gallery exhibits work by artists from around the world, spanning a vast array of styles, mediums, and approaches—which makes each visit a singular experience. Currently, Jadite is running a Small is Great exhibition of an eclectic group of artists. Jadite helped build Hell’s Kitchen into what it is today and is primed to continue its own success into the next three decades.

Fountain House Gallery | 702 Ninth Avenue

The Fountain House has been providing NYC residents with a remarkable service since way back in 1948. The organization works with people living with mental illness and, in addition to many other services, teaches them how to foster their talents. The Fountain House Gallery, which features the work of Fountain House members, has been in operation since 2000. Not only are the pieces engaging, visceral, and quite often beautiful, but the mechanism that supports these artists is extraordinary and well worth supporting. In 2014, Fountain House received the distinguished Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for their dedication to serving the community.

Sean Kelly Gallery | 475 Tenth Avenue

For 20 years and counting, the Sean Kelly Gallery has been a space known for celebrating the avant-garde and the experimental. From the beginning, Marina Abramovic, perhaps the most well-known performance and conceptual artist on the planet, has exhibited her work here, alongside other established figures such as David Claerbout, Joseph Kosuth, Los Carpinteros, and Julião Sarmento. For those with a penchant for the unconventional, Sean Kelly is a must-visit.

Triton Gallery | 630 Ninth Avenue, #808

While the Triton Gallery isn’t an art gallery in a traditional sense, it is, as its website boasts, the “only gallery in the world exclusively dedicated to theatrical art and posters.” Featuring the world’s largest selection of theatrical posters, this place is a treasure trove for theater buffs. If you’re looking for a window card from a short run show that nobody remembers, they’ll have it. If you’re riding the Hamilton wave and looking for art to reflect that, they’ll have something to pique your interest. If you enjoy the theater, go to Triton and simply look around. You won’t be disappointed.

Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery | 654 Tenth Avenue

For those who prefer a more hands-on approach, right up the block from the Midtown West apartments at 555TEN sits Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery, a public studio that offers an assortment of classes and events. It’s a charming and rustic space; the materials are top-notch; the teachers are gracious and knowledgeable; and when it’s all said and done, you leave with a handmade piece of pottery. Classes range from beginner to advanced, and you can spend additional time in the studio working on your own projects over the weekend.

A Hell’s Kitchen Weekend

For a perfect weekend, look no further than the blocks surrounding the Hell’s Kitchen rentals at 555TEN. Living at the heart of Manhattan in a neighborhood deeply rooted in the city’s past (and present!) puts some of NYC’s best dining, shopping, and cultural institutions at your doorstep.

Wake up to a Saturday breakfast with friends at Friedman’s, where you can start the weekend with New York classics that have a locavore, gluten–free twist like pastrami hash or a “nova benny,” a hot plate of sunnyside-up eggs served with smoked salmon. Celebrating the best of New York, old and new, one of Friedman’s signature omelets is made with pastrami and the classic fixings of caramelized onions and mustard. Wash it down with an Earl’s 75 cocktail: gin infused with Earl Grey tea and honey, combined with lemon and blanc de blancs.

After breakfast, check out the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, touted by Time Out New York as “one of the most rummage-worthy markets in Manhattan.” Time Out recommends a visit to Store with No Walls, where you can find vintage pieces by designers like Oscar de la Renta or a one-of-a-kind leopard-print clutch that could be the perfect throwback fashion statement for your night on the town—or in the neighborhood.

Hell’s Kitchen is also the home of one of the most stylish clothing stores from Tokyo. Nowhere else but at Nepenthes can you find the Samu jacket in black velveteen, a garment cut with the elegant lines of a Samurai’s robe and made with a material worthy of a 19th-century urban dandy like Oscar Wilde. Nepenthes also features its own label, Engineered Garments, which has a line for women called “FWK.”

Round out your afternoon with a visit to the Sean Kelly Gallery, where you can currently check out the work of Jose Davila, one of Mexico’s most up-and-coming young artists. Then head to the Westside Theater, housed in what was once a 19th-century Baptist Church, to catch Cagney, a musical directed by and starring Robert Creighton, who the New York Times says was “born for the role.”

Stepping out of the theater on a Saturday evening, as Hell’s Kitchen denizens know, means the night has just begun. This is the perfect time to grab dinner at 44 & X: enjoy their decadent Maine lobster tacos, served with charred tomato salsa, avocado relish, cilantro, and herb salad, before moving on to drinks with friends at local hot spot Tanner Smith’s, a 1920s-style speakeasy with a carefully curated cocktail list.

In Hell’s Kitchen, the opportunities for exploration are endless. Day seamlessly fades into night, and nights tend to evolve and revolve around the energy of this vibrant neighborhood. Moving into 555TEN is just the beginning.

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