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Executive Chef Darren Pettigrew of ALFIE’S BAR & KITCHEN in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef Darren Pettigrew of ALFIE'S BAR & KITCHEN in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Dublin-born chef Darren Pettigrew was trained in London at the Da Vere Grand Connaught Rooms and grew up working in the kitchens of New York. Throughout his career he has donned the stove at countless established restaurants in New York honing his skills in the kitchen and continually pushing the envelope with more creative takes on everyday dishes. He previously owned seafood restaurant Stella Maris at the South Street Seaport for five years. He also spent a number of years working with famed restaurateurs Peter and Harry Poulakakos at their Financial District properties. Now he serves as the Executive Chef for the SRP NYC restaurant group, developing innovative menus for their various concepts.

Alfie’s Bar & Kitchen, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood favorite that just celebrated its eight-year anniversary, spotlights a brand-new and refreshed New American Gastro Pub menu from new Executive Chef Darren Pettigrew. The restaurant is owned by seasoned restaurateur, Sean Hayden, whose career spans 25 years and serves as a partner of the SRP NYC restaurant group that operates Valerie, Dalton’s, and Jasper’s Tap House & Kitchen. Hayden saw a need to create a true restaurant experience for the community and was the first to bring a more sophisticated American kitchen to the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Now Chef Pettigrew will be providing Alfie’s beloved customers with an inspired dining experience complete with elevated New American dishes, spotlighting locally sourced organic ingredients.

Broadwayworld.com had the pleasure on interviewing Chef Pettigrew about his career and Alfie’s Bar & Kitchen for our “Chef Spotlight.”

What was your earliest interest in cooking?

My earliest interest in cooking was making apple pies as a kid with my mother. Playing with dough made with lard and helping to peel Irish crab apples. The native crab apple grows wildly amongst the wild hedge rows and

Here’s What $2K Rent Gets You In Pandemic-Hit Hell’s Kitchen

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — As the coronavirus pandemic introduces uncertainty into New York City’s real estate climate, Patch is providing a glance into what $2,000 rent can currently get you in Hell’s Kitchen.

One example: this studio rental on West 49th Street. Fully furnished, the apartment is part of the Residences at Worldwide Plaza, sitting in the shadow of the distinctive green-roofed skyscraper. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, laundry rooms on each floor and a New York Sports Club Gym, according to the listing.

More info:

  • Address: 393 W 49th St Apt 4MM
  • Price: $2,000/month
  • Bedrooms: 0
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Features: Fully furnished, short- or long-term studio rental with a lovely garden
    facing balcony. This is a perfect alternative to a long-stay hotel. Convenient midtown location, near Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Lincoln Center, Hudson Yards and all subway lines and the cross-town bus. NO FEE The Residences at Worldwide Plaza is a full service condominium located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman and concierge, on-site management, resident manager, and laundry rooms on each floor. A David Barton designed 40,000 sq. ft. gym Elite New York Sports Club gym complete with saltwater pool. There is also direct building access to parking. NO FEE

This listing originally appeared on realtor.com. For more information and photos, click here.

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Hell’s Kitchen Board Implores City To Reduce Hotel Shelters

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — A Hell’s Kitchen community board renewed a call this week for the city to reduce the density of temporary homeless shelters in the neighborhood, saying increased crime and drug use associated with the facilities was causing a public health crisis in the area.

Members of Community Board 4 strained to distinguish the situation in Hell’s Kitchen from similar battles over the pandemic-era hotel shelters that have played out in other neighborhoods, saying they objected only to the concentration of shelters around West 36th and 37th streets and were open to relocating the shelters to elsewhere in the district.

“This is not NIMBYism. This is a common-sense request for a reduction,” board member Maria Ortiz said, using the acronym for “not in my backyard.”

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to send a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steven Banks, noting that three hotels on the two streets have been converted into temporary shelters — part of the city’s effort to reduce crowding during the coronavirus pandemic.

A handful of residents who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting said that the 812 shelter beds on 36th and 37th streets have caused a marked decline in their quality of life.

“We all legitimately fear for our safety and health every time we walk out the front door,” neighbor Brian Weber said.

Resident Alexander Vitelli said he objected to the open drug use and perceived crime increase that had arrived alongside the shelters, rather than the homeless residents themselves.

“I’m not going to sit here and say that it’s a homeless issue,” he said. “This is more than that — it is a mental health issue, it is a drug issue.”

‘We’re not looking to ship this out’

For months, Midtown

Hell’s Kitchen Gets New Composting Site On Hudson River

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — There’s good news for Manhattanites who were left without composting options when the city suspended its pickup program during the pandemic: community compost sites have reopened along the Hudson River waterfront, including a brand-new site in Hell’s Kitchen.

Ten drop-off sites are located along four miles of Hudson River Park, which stretches along the waterside from 59th Street down to Battery Park City.

The 10 sites now open for the fall include three new ones: the Pier 96 Boathouse at West 55th Street, Pier 66 at West 26th Street and Pier 46 at Charles Street. The sites are open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., accepting any of the following items: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, rice, pasta, bread, cereal, eggs, nutshells and flowers.

(Max Giuliani for Hudson River Park)
(Max Giuliani for Hudson River Park)

The Hudson River Park Trust started composting horticulture waste like grass clippings and pruned trees in 2015, and later launched its Community Compost Program in partnership with the Department of Sanitation and Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office.

Workers mix donated food scraps with horticulture waste to form a compost mixture that can be used on plant beds and trees in the park.

The program has been increasingly popular: last year, the Trust collected about 86,000 pounds of food scraps, up from 70,000 pounds in 2018. They estimate that the program has diverted 450,000 pounds of scraps from landfills since its inception.

“Composting food scraps has become an embedded part of New Yorkers’ routines and we are proud to welcome them back to the Park as the program starts back up again this fall,” Madelyn Wils, President and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust, said in a news release.

Here are the 10 composting sites open daily in Hudson River

2 New NYPD Commanders Take Over In Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — New police commanders have taken the reins in the two precincts that cover much of Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen.

The Midtown North precinct, covering the northern part of Midtown as well as Hell’s Kitchen between 42nd and 59th streets, will be led by Deputy Inspector Megan C. O’Malley.

She succeeds Inspector Mark Iocco, who is moving to Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which supervises nearly a dozen Manhattan precincts.

Meanwhile, the 10th Precinct, which includes the southern stretch of Hell’s Kitchen, Hudson Yards and Chelsea, is now led by Captain Robert Gault. Former commander Deputy Inspector Kevin Coleman is moving to Patrol Borough Bronx, the NYPD said.

Both commanders assumed their new posts in late September.

O’Malley comes to Manhattan from Brooklyn’s 76th Precinct, covering Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook. A more than 10-year NYPD veteran, she had previously worked in Central Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct, according to Bklyner.

Civilians have made 10 complaints against O’Malley during her NYPD career, stemming from six separate incidents, according to police misconduct data released to the public last month by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Allegations include excessive force by the use of pepper spray, the use of offensive, race-based language and unnecessary questioning and searches.

None of the complaints were substantiated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board — four were closed without an investigation and O’Malley was cleared of wrongdoing in four more. Two were unsubstantiated, meaning the CCRB could not find enough evidence to make a determination.

Gault, a 22-year NYPD veteran, was most recently the commander of the Times Square Unit, where he supervised the response to this summer’s protests against racism and police brutality, according to the NYPD.