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 woodlands of Ireland. Probably the most bitter fruit I’ve ever tasted but makes for a great pie!

Who were some of your career mentors?

I’ve been very fortunate to have had many real mentors and talented people to help guide me throughout my career. Starting with Chef Cormac Healy at the National Yacht Club of Ireland. Chef Eric Lind; Chef Ebhenhart Mullers my left hand man, formerly of Lutece. Most recently, Master Chef Rich Rosendale.

What culinary styles have influenced your career?

I’m classically trained, so certainly French, Italian and Spanish, but a recent trip to Japan has turned the way I think about food on its head. Japanese food is very simplistic and pure in essence, but extraordinarily difficult to execute. I trained with a great group of Japanese chefs in rural Japan at the dream lab. Their dedication, technique and precision was something to be admired.

What do you consider the most distinguishing feature of your work as a chef?

Reforming totally new teams, learning to be more resilient and understanding how to constantly adapt to a forever changing landscape. In addition to learn how to handle all the other curve balls being thrown at us week in

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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.

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  • 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

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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 more than 800 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.

Members of Manhattan Community Board 4 voted unanimously to send a letter to city officials objecting to the density of temporary shelters in the neighborhood. (Manhattan Community Board 4)

Resident Alexander Vitelli said he objected to the open drug use and perceived crime increase that arrived along with 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 and Hell’s Kitchen residents have complained about being host to a disproportionate number of temporary shelters. An August NY1 report found that the neighborhood had the most “homeless hotels” anywhere in the city.

That includes the SpringHill Suites and DoubleTree hotels on West 36th Street and the Hilton Garden Inn on 37th, according to the board.

In a draft of the board’s letter, which was shared with Patch, members also cite open intoxication, sexual harassment of women, aggressive panhandling, senior citizens being knocked down on the sidewalk and groups of maskless people congregated on sidewalks, among other concerns.

Besides reducing density, the board asks city officials to hold shelter providers accountable for poor management, provide homeless street outreach in the area and coordinate NYPD public safety enforcement.

Board chair Lowell Kern noted that the board had sent three previous letters to DHS about shelter density but that the agency had responded dismissively, saying the coronavirus crisis required emergency measures.

DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The board

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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 Park:

  • Pier 25 at North Moore Street

  • Pier 40 at Morton Street

  • Pier 46 at Charles Street (NEW)

  • Pier 51 at Horatio Street

  • 14th Street Park at West 14th Street

  • Chelsea Waterside Park at West 23rd Street

  • Pier 66 at West 26th Street (NEW)

  • Hudson River Park’s Compost Center at West 34th Street

  • Pier 84 at West 44th Street

  • Pier 96 Boathouse at West 55th Street (NEW)

This article originally appeared on the Midtown-Hell’s Kitchen Patch

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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.

Before coming to Midtown, Gault served as a Lieutenant in Harlem’s 28th Precinct, a sergeant in the 10th and Midtown South Precinct, and an officer on the Upper West Side’s 20th Precinct. He also holds a law degree from Fordham Law School and is a licensed attorney, the department said.

Civilians have made eight complaints against Gault stemming from three incidents in 2003 and 2018, records show. Allegations include improper of race-based language and abuse of authority by interfering with a recording.

None of the complaints were substantiated — five were closed without an investigation, Gault was cleared of wrongdoing in two more, and another was unsubstantiated.

Reports of crime in both precincts are down so far this year compared to this time last year, including a nearly 31 percent decrease in Midtown North, according to NYPD data.

Reports of rape, robbery, felony assault and grand larceny have all dropped in Midtown North. Burglary and car thefts have both risen, and the number of murders

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‘Olde Good Things’ Antique Store Opens In Hell’s Kitchen

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — A rarity amid a dire retail climate in New York City, an expansive new business has arrived in Hell’s Kitchen: Olde Good Things, an antique and architectural salvage store, which opened in the neighborhood on Friday.

The 8,000-square-foot, two-floor space on West 52nd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues has room for large reclaimed items, including gates, columns and windows, as well as light fixtures, mirrors and other furniture, the company said in a news release.

The store is also selling reclaimed items from New York landmarks, including the Waldorf Astoria, the Plaza Hotel and the Flatiron Building, the store said.

The Hell’s Kitchen location joins two existing Olde Good Things stores on Bowery and the Upper West Side, as well as locations in Los Angeles and Scranton, Pa.

The shops are operated by the Church of Bible Understanding, a Pennsylvania-based Evangelical Christian church which has reportedly poured millions of dollars into the stores.

Proceeds from the shops help fund the church’s charitable work in Haiti, according to the OGT website. Earlier this year, 13 children were killed in a fire in a Haiti orphanage operated by the church, which is now facing allegations of neglect.

Olde Good Things began in the 1990s in a Chelsea flea market before opening its own stores, according to the company website.

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Police Seek Suspects In Hell’s Kitchen Homicide, Stabbing

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — Police appealed to the public Tuesday for help finding suspects in two separate stabbings in Hell’s Kitchen, one of which left a man dead.

The first incident happened around 10:09 p.m. on Aug. 22, when a 21-year-old man stabbed a 24-year-old man in the chest during a fight in front of 790 11th Ave., part of the Clinton Towers complex.

The victim, identified as Terrell Wigfall, was brought to Mount Sinai West Hospital, where he died from his injuries on Sept. 16. Wigfall had been a promising basketball player at Bronx Community College before apparently leaving the team last year, the New York Post reported.

The suspect, identified as Tammuz Darbasie, ran into the Clinton Towers after the stabbing, according to police. Authorities are seeking Darbasie, described as 6 feet tall and 140 pounds, last seen wearing a white shirt, black sweatpants and black sneakers, and known to frequent the neighborhood.

The second incident happened around 11:42 p.m. last Wednesday, Sept. 23, when an unidentified man stabbed a 42-year-old man in the back during an argument in front of 748 10th Ave.

The victim was hospitalized in stable condition, while the suspect fled north on 10th Avenue, police said. Authorities described him as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 to 6 inches tall, last ween wearing a dark baseball cap, a black hoodie, blue sweatpants and black sneakers.

Police asked anyone with information about either case to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). People can also submit tips online or on Twitter, @NYPDTips.

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Fight over scooter ends in stabbing at Hell’s Kitchen deli

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A man was stabbed outside a Manhattan deli last week moments after fighting over a scooter, video shows.

The NYPD released video late Tuesday showing the violent dispute outside Moal Grocery & Deli at 10th Avenue and W. 51st Street in Hell’s Kitchen last Wednesday night.

The video shows the suspect paying at the register near the front of the store when a man grabs a scooter beside him. The man pulls the scooter outside and is chased by the suspect, who snatches the scooter back, video shows. It’s unclear who owns the vehicle.

The suspect then checks his finger as if it’s injured before rushing out of the store, video shows.

Police said the suspect then stabbed the 42-year-old victim once in the back outside the store. Video appears to show a large knife in his hand during the confrontation.

The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai West in stable condition, police said.

The suspect ran northbound down 10th Avenue, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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From ‘Love Island’ to ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ Caesars Entertainment keeps Las Vegas on TV

Love Island

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The cast of “Love Island” parties on the rooftop of the Cromwell.

If it’s true that everyone’s watching a lot more TV while staying home during the pandemic, viewers across the country are getting plenty of Las Vegas scenery during their favorite shows.

The second season of the U.S. version of dating competition reality series “Love Island” wraps up this week and has seen growing ratings since its premiere on CBS on August 24, according to Variety. Like its U.K. and Australian editions, the show is typically filmed at an actual island destination, with young competitors chasing romance and a big cash prize while attempting to avoid elimination from the voting public or their castmates.

International travel restrictions and other coronavirus concerns threatened to cancel the new season until executives from ITV, producers of “Love Island,” connected with colleagues at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, resulting in the entire production moving to the Strip to be headquartered at the Cromwell. Much of the show has been filmed at the resort’s rooftop Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub, redecorated to serve as the “Love Island” villa, and just off the Strip, the Rio has served as a secondary production site.

Caesars Entertainment Vice President of Production Kate Whiteley said while “Love Island” in Las Vegas came together quickly, it’s a huge production with 125 people working as cast and crew at the Cromwell and 200 at the Rio.

“It’s been a lot of fun watching it come together and it’s a really big undertaking for us, so we’ve been fortunate to have this partnership with ITV to work together to create a COVID-safe way to do it,” Whiteley said. “There’s a lot of different factors at play beyond Las Vegas because it’s the first big TV show to come back [during the pandemic]. There will be a lot to look at in terms of what it means for the TV industry and the gaming industry, but we’ve been focused on what circles we need to close to make sure everybody’s safe and the impact on the staff at the properties and the people coming in.”

Two other cable shows filmed in Las Vegas have been on the air at the same time, although filming for those programs had mostly wrapped before March’s shutdown on the Strip. The finale of MTV’s “Double Shot at Love” starring “Jersey Shore” favorites Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino aired September 24 and the show’s second season was shot last fall at the Linq Hotel and Casino and at Drai’s, where Pauly D is a headlining DJ.

And “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue,” a six-episode spinoff of the wildly popular VH1 drag competition series, filmed at the Flamingo in 2019 and 2020 and broadcast its finale on September 25. A behind-the-scenes series focused on the new “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” production show that opened at the Flamingo Showroom in January was always planned for TV,

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Bronx basketball star dead after Hell’s Kitchen stabbing

A rising basketball star died weeks after he was stabbed during an August fight on a Hell’s Kitchen street, according to cops.

Terrell Wigfall, 24, was stabbed in the chest at the corner of 11th Avenue and West 54th Street just after 10 p.m. August 22, police said Thursday morning.

Wigfall — who lived about half-a-mile from the scene — was rushed to Mount Sinai West Hospital, where he died of his injuries Sept. 16, according to cops.

The case has since been ruled a homicide. The circumstances of the violent squabble were unclear Thursday morning.

Wigfall was the leading scorer for the Bronx Community College basketball team, the Bronx Broncos, according to a 2018 update on the team’s website.

“Terrell Wigfall scored a total of 49 points in the two games the Broncos played during the week that ended January 7, 2018,” the team said. “At the free throw line he made 16 out of 18 free throws attempted. Terrell Wigfall had 15 rebounds, 11 assists, 7 steals and 5 turnovers.”

It’s unclear how long he played for the team, but his name was not listed on the 2019-2020 roster, the most recent available online.

Friends and family were heartbroken by his death.

“At a loss for words,” his aunt, using the name Sha Glove on Facebook, posted. “S.I.P. nephew. Terrell Wigfall you will never be forgotten!”

Wigfall attended Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School on the Upper West Side, teacher Mark Torres posted.

“Terrell, lost to violence, a young dad, star athlete, and graduate of West Side HS,” Torres wrote. “We created a temporary memorial for him until we can set up something more permanent inside the school. We miss you and will always LOVE and Remember you! Rest in Paradise.”

Friend Marquee Kee-Goldee posted photos from a memorial for Wigfall.

“Met his lil princess, wifee [sic] and sister,” he wrote. “His mans, right hands, brothers, coaches, and people that he touched their hearts came out for him. He put on for everybody.”

“It’s not right this happened to a kid who had a ticket out,” he said. “God’s Gift was his talent, God’s Plan was his spirit he gave to us all.”

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