A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 17, 2008
Hell’s Kitchenette

"Hell’s Kitchenette” is a neighborhood nickname spun off from the name Hell’s Kitchen. The nickname could indicate a smaller Hell’s Kitchen, encroached by development. The 2002 Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie included the lyric “Summer on the Isle of Coney, Winter in Hell’s Kitchenette” in the song “How the Other Half Lives.” “Hell’s Kitchenette” is also the name of a band.

“Hell’s Kitchenette” is infrequently used. Hell’s Pantry is a similar Hell’s Kitchen spin-off name.


Hell’s Kitchenette
Hidden from the tourist trade on Broadway, Ninth Avenue between 36th and 46th Streets is crammed with small groceries and specialty stores that exist to serve their communities, whether they consist of workers from down the block or compatriots from back home. And “back home” can be anywhere from Athens to Zamboanga—this is probably the most ethnically diverse commercial strip in Manhattan.

PlanetOut
Devilishly fun: New York’s Hell’s Kitchen heats up
by Dan Allen
Not so long ago, Greenwich Village seemed destined to reign eternal as the central neighborhood of New York City gay life. With a long counterculture history and as the collective-consciousness birthplace (courtesy 1969’s Stonewall uprising) of international outness, the Village was a natural gay ground zero.

That is, until local rents soared and ‘80s and ‘90s gays forged north of 14th Street to recrown Chelsea as the queer habitat of choice, seemingly for the coming new millennium. That is, until local rents soared again, forcing the latest foray even further northward into the onetime NYC nether region of Hell’s Kitchen, a pink surge that’s earned the area a host of new nicknames, from Hellsea and NoChe (both nods to southern neighbor Chelsea) to Hell’s Pantry and Hell’s Kitchenette. 

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From: “Robert E. Lewis”
Date: 1998/06/05
Subject: Re: Funniest store names??? 

Hell’s kitchen has been dramatically shrunk by encroaching yuppie redevelopment in surrounding neighborhoods.

It is now just Hell’s Kitchenette.

Now, it’s going to be redeveloped under the corporate sponsorship of a big oil company, and be renamed SHell’s Kitchen. 

edot70 (LiveJournal)
edot70 (edot70) wrote,
@ 2005-02-25 11:01:00
(...)
Thoroughly Modern Millie: How the Other Half Lives
(...)
MISS DOROTHY:
Pour me the milk but hold the honey
Bring on those funny money woes
Paying Paul by robbing Peter
Layaway to buy my clothes
Summer on the Isle of Coney
Winter in Hell’s Kitchenette

New York (NY) Times
March 25, 2007
Under the Rainbow
By DAVID SHAFTEL
(...)
And despite Hell’s Kitchen’s growing appeal to many of the city’s young gay men, an attraction fueled by its strengthening gay identity, many residents predict that the area may never have the gay identity that Chelsea has and that the West Village was once famous for, that it will endure simply as a gay-friendly district, less a scene than simply a neighborhood.

Hellsea? NoChe? Hell’s Kitty?

Historians disagree on the derivation of the name Hell’s Kitchen, which designates the area bounded by 34th and 59th Streets between Eighth Avenue and the Hudson River, and which was largely replaced in the 1960s by the more respectable-sounding Clinton. But not surprisingly in a city that loves to rename its communities, Hell’s Kitchen has been increasingly rebranded, with names spawned in equal measure by real estate agents and gay tastemakers: Mid West, NoChe (North of Chelsea), Hell’s Kitchenette, Hell’s Kitty and, most ubiquitous, Hellsea.

Whatever people call it, the message is unmistakable: Hell’s Kitchen is getting gayer and gayer.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Sunday, February 17, 2008 • Permalink