I could not have missed it if I had tried, so strong was the smell of horses emanating from the lofty stable doors. One of the very last stops on my walk across 52nd Street was Clinton Park Stables, a striking building with bright red doors and a matching fire escape. The historic structure was built in the late 1800s and was originally a stable for New York's Sanitation Department horses. Conor McHugh, the Irish Stable Manager, gave me a tour of the building that culminated in a walk up the wide ramp to the stables. In his lilting Irish accent, Conor told me the story behind his own horse's name – Arnie. Apparently, his first customer many years ago was Arnold Schwarzenegger. Conor then went on to explain how the stable is run. Each horse is individually owned but the owners all pay to house their horses in the collective stables. "It's essentially how the taxi system works," Conor explained.
Recently, the Clinton Park Stables has been enmeshed in a battle with horse carriage critics and the New York mayor who cite inhumane treatment of the animals. It was very important to Conor that I share "his side of the story," as he wants people to know that the horses live in a high-quality environment and are loved and cared for by their owners and everyone else who works there. Many observers have also noted the coincidence between rising real estate value and the sudden interest in the Stables' conditions. As we said goodbye, Conor said, "We support progress; we just don't want to be run out of town because of it."
Fig & Olive is Mediterranean-inspired dining in its most exquisite form. On my first visit to this location, I was drawn in by the collection of wine and olive oil bottles lining the walls and the chic rustic decor that feels reminiscent of eating in the Italian countryside. Never has there been a time when I have dined at one of the several Fig & Olives in Manhattan, that I did not have an excellent experience. I have feasted on fresh ingredients assembled into delectable creations. I was thrilled to take the Manhattan Sideways team here for lunch one day where they raved over the selection of crostini and devoured the mouthfuls of perfectly paired ingredients – goat cheese and caramelized onion, for example – heaped onto small squares of fresh bread. Another favorite that I introduced them to was the zucchini carpaccio served with lemon and olive oil. We accompanied the meal with a beautifully presented Cucumber Cosmos and Rossellinis, selected from the extensive cocktail menu.
After a lawsuit, renovation, and rebranding, Sesamo has officially taken the place of Crispin’s at W52nd Street and 10th Avenue. Sesamo co-founders Nikita Levitan and Sabrina Gao filed the lawsuit against their previous partner, Crispin Mejia. They accused him of a series of problematic behaviors, including sexual harassment, repeatedly showing up to work drunk, and serving expired food. Taking a sharp turn away from Crispin's, the new Sesamo features an entirely different menu. “The new brand launches with an Asian-influenced Italian menu with many old Crispin’s favorites but with fresh and new Asian twists, " Gao said. She added that Sesamo also offers a unique drinks menu, including a brand new Asian fusion cocktail program with some first in NYC offerings, such as boba tea cocktails. Another beautiful feature of Sesemo is its 80-foot mural created by Selwyn Senatori back in 2018. The Dutch artist created the artwork depicting a champagne celebration with a “Feed Me Love” bubble to celebrate the opening of Decimo Ristobar. Though some of the mural has been painted over, the rest that remains adds an air of festivity to Sesamo's exterior. This story was adapted from the W42ST articles, "Crispin’s Becomes Sesamo as Partners Sue Hell’s Kitchen Chef" and "Hell’s Kitchen has Lost an Outdoor Dining Shed — but Regained a Mural. "
McKinney Welding Supply has been a fixture in Hell’s Kitchen since 1943. This long-running business is family-owned and employs about thirty-five people, ten of them being family members. Allen Dickon, branch manager of the West 52nd Street store, told us "We are the only place in Manhattan where you can find all of your welding and compressed gas products under one roof. ”