Daredevil fic writers!
Want to write fic, but not totally clear on the New York details? Fear not, my friends; here’s the relevant 411.
New York City consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn (hi Steve!), the Bronx, Queens (hi Peter!), and Staten Island.
Manhattan is the long skinny island between New Jersey and Brooklyn. It’s the heart of NYC and in fact was all of NYC until 1898 - the others were separate cities until then. People in the outer boroughs still sometimes refer to Manhattan as “the city.” But you don’t really have to worry about the other boroughs at all for fic purposes, because everything on the show takes place in Manhattan.
Hell’s Kitchen is a neighborhood in Manhattan. It is not a separate borough, or city, or suburb. It’s not even a very big neighborhood. It’s located on the west side of the island, in Midtown, and stretches north-south from either 59th or 55th Street (depending on who you ask) to 34th Street and east-west from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River. (See the red rectangle on the map below.). That’s about one square mile. It’s small.
Columbia University is also in Manhattan, in a neighborhood called Morningside Heights. It’s also on the west side, about three miles from Hell’s Kitchen (the avocado on the map), just south of Harlem. It’s about a 30 minute trip by subway.