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Hell's Kitchen: A New York Neighborhood visits one of New York's most notorious areas. Hell's Kitchen, also known as Clinton and Midtown West, is an area of Manhattan with a gritty reputation. Three decades ago the neighborhood was home to the poor and working-class Irish Americans. In the 1950s, conflict erupted when Puerto Ricans moved into the area and were not welcomed by the Irish and Italian residents. The racial tension became the inspiration for the movie West Side Story. Since then, the neighborhood has undergone significant changes. While it has maintained its multi-ethnic culture, the residents share more artistic pursuits and a daily struggle to survive. Low income families are being pushed out by real estate developers trying to attract more affluent professionals. This film features interviews with the current residents including a musician, an actor, an independent film maker, a playwright and some of their more famous neighbors.