5. Hell’s Kitchen Is Home to the Second-Oldest Apartment block in Manhattan

Built in 1881, the Windmere is the second-oldest apartment block in Manhattan. In 1980, as part of an effort to empty and redevelop the site, then-owner Alan B. Weissman ripped off doors, moved in prostitutes and sent the tenants death threats. However, he failed to force them all out. In September 2007, the fire department evacuated the remaining seven residents from the building, citing dangerous conditions. It’s now a heritage listed building, and in 2008 the New York Supreme Court ruled that the owners of the building must repair it but it continues to be under scaffolding to this day.