NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – You just can’t seem to take the “hell” out of Hell’s Kitchen.
The gentrified neighborhood now known as Clinton, which was once a haven for hookers and violent criminals, apparently has a new brand of hell raisers.
1010 WINS’ John Montone reports
Residents and business owners tell the Wall Street Journal rowdy young bar hoppers toss bottles, urinate and vomit on the sidewalks.
Some are concerned the area may slip back into its old bad habits thanks to an influx of trendy bars and restaurants.
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Others say they’d rather deal with rambunctious party people than the criminals who used to roam the streets.
One woman who was raised in the now upscale neighborhood tells 1010 WINS’ John Montone it’s a safer and cleaner place.
“Our parents would not allow us to walk down the street,” she said. “Now it’s super expensive to live here, we actually have to move back to Brooklyn next month because we can’t afford it anymore.”
One man said loud crowds are just a part of the city’s DNA.
“Think about it, you live in the heart of the apple…it is a little loud but Manhattan has always been loud,” he said.
St. Sen. Tom Duane and other officials are looking into the complaints.
A meeting will be held Thursday night to address the rising number of nightspots.
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