[EPISODE] Hell’s Kitchen
Join me this week as we journey to Hell’s Kitchen.
Jeff introduces his first guest, Joyce Gold, who is the founder of Joyce Gold History Tours. Jeff and Joyce begin their discussion on Hell’s Kitchen and how the neighborhood is referred to today, and where its streets begin and end. Joyce explains the true meaning behind the name “Hell’s Kitchen,” and goes to talk about the deep history of the streams throughout Manhattan. Joyce talks about “the Astor approach” and how one family began to buy and sell the majority of land in Manhattan. Joyce continues to discuss the Irish immigrants in the area and the project to get clean water in the mid-1800s. They finish up the conversation by mentioning the Hudson River Railroad.
Joyce comes back on the air to talk more about the various tours she has available, including private tours and private events. Joyce talks about the changes in the neighborhood in the midst of the Civil War, and the rise of gangs in the area. Joyce tells Jeff of the different gang names and famous mobsters. They move on to the times of prohibition, and the role it played in Hell’s Kitchen when speakeasies started to pop up. Joyce continues to tell the story of different gangs including the “cape man.” Jeff brings up the theater district and how it meshes together with Hell’s Kitchen.
Jeff welcomes Vincent Gardino to the air and launches into the story of how Vincent wound up in Hell’s Kitchen. Vincent tells how his family started on the East Side near NYU, but after some moving around found himself in Hell’s Kitchen. The Irish dominated the population in Hell’s Kitchen, and Vincent recounts the tough gritty nature of the neighborhood when he was growing up. Though there were definitely some rough aspects to living in Hell’s Kitchen the children of the area still found ways to make it more palatable with street games.
Returning to the air Vincent gives a brief rundown of his soon to be released book Grave Trippers. The book focuses on interesting characters throughout history buried in cemeteries including maps to the different graves. Moving to Vincent’s radio background and his moving from different radio networks through the years, and started at Straus Media in April 2014. Vincent speaks on the current vibe of the neighborhood, claiming it to be a very young vibe. He notes the myriad of great restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. Moving to the copious amount of off-broadway theaters popping up around the neighborhood. Hell’s Kitchen has variety and really everything you need.