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Asa Shatkin
Owner of Inbound Marketing Group: Shebang
Owner of Inbound Marketing Group: Shebang

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Thanks, Brenna. Great working with you on the site! (

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is greeted by students holding small Tibetan flags on his arrival at Yakumo Academy, a girl's school in Tokyo, Japan, where he spoke on non-violence and making the 21st century an era of dialogue on November 18, 2013. (Photo courtesy Office of Tibet, Japan)

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New York City Neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen and the Theater District

Most of my photography clients are real estate developers and interior decorators. As such, sometimes I undertake interesting assignments to meet the needs of my clientele. This past summer I had the pleasure of completing a large scale assignment for a real estate developer who was looking to fill a newer development in midtown Manhattan with my photography. I was, of course, honored to be offered this sort of opportunity.

Since the building is located in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, my brief was to take photos in and around that specific neighborhood highlighting the neigborhood’s historic architecture and its unique link to Broadway since it is the site of many of Broadway’s theaters.

I will eventually post photos of my work installed in the building they will be displayed in permanently along with more info about the development. However, I thought it would be interesting to show a tiny photo montage of the photos I took specifically for this project.

In recent years, there has been an effort to rename the neighborhood. It currently has three different names associated with it: Clinton, Midtown West, and Hell’s Kitchen. The latter is what the neighborhood was referred to throughout the entirety of the 20th century. The area itself encompasses the west side of Manhattan from 34th street to 59th street from 8th Avenue to the water. Sometimes 7th avenue gets lumped in there. For the most part, the Theater District overlaps with Hell’s Kitchen even though the Theater District stretches further east.

The origin of the name Hell’s Kitchen is hotly disputed. Popular theories have been postulated by a local historian named Mary Green:

"…(it) first appeared in print on September 22, 1881 when a New York Times reporter went to the West 30s with a police guide to get details of a multiple murder there. He referred to a particularly infamous tenement at 39th Street and 10th Avenue as "Hell’s Kitchen," and said that the entire section was "probably the lowest and filthiest in the city." According to this version, 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues became known as Hell’s Kitchen and the name was later expanded to the surrounding streets.

Another version ascribes the name’s origins to a German restaurant in the area known as Heil’s Kitchen, after its proprietors. But the most common version 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 10th 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.”

... Continue reading about Hell's Kitchen (more photos along with a location guide!) here at my photography blog:


View these photos (and many more) from this unique neighborhood of Manhattan larger and in a set here (click on each photo in the set to enlarge):


Interested in viewing these directly in my online portfolio? Here they are:


Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #nyc #manhattan #broadway #sonyalpha #sonya99 #history #hellskitchen #clinton #newyorkneighborhoods #theater #broadway #architecture #cityphotography #urbanphotography  
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Good morning - feel blessed to discover that each new day,you have the opportunity to.
Each moment brings new surprises to the one who has no expectations, who comes with an absolutely open mind. Then incredible things start happening. Even if you had wanted them you could not have expected them; you could not have found yourself worthy enough to expect them.
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Silverware Photography Assignment Results, Reviews, and Critique  (and a workshop!)
Look what fellow photographer has accomplished on this assignment and learn what  we'll be doing on the  next one.
The image is one of what we've got during Photigy LIVE workshop, where I've demonstrated techniques and some little tricks useful when working with glossy subjects. 
#Photigy   #ProCorner   #silverware   #photography  
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