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Alphabet City, New York City

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Alphabet City is a neighborhood located within the East Village in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Its name comes from Avenues A, B, C, and D, the only avenues in Manhattan to have single-letter names. It is bordered by Houston Street to the south and by 14th Street to the north, along the traditional northern border of the East Village and south of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. Some famous landmarks include Tompkins Square Park and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.The neighborhood has a long history, serving as a cultural center and ethnic enclave for Manhattan's German, Polish, Hispanic, and Jewish populations. However, there is much dispute over the borders of the Lower East Side, Alphabet City, and East Village. Historically, Manhattan's Lower East Side was 14th Street at the northern end, bound on the east by East River and on the west by First Avenue; today, that same area is Alphabet City. The area's German presence in the early 20th century, in decline, virtually ended after the General Slocum disaster in 1904.
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  • I loved seeing the real life setting of Rent. I know times have changed since it was written, but I thoroughly enjoyed our stroll. There are a ton of bars/restaurants that I can't wait to come back an...  more »
  • A lot of people are going to lose people to be biased in a tourist destination it's not much but I still feel this is the place to visit was well made. Very good. Lots of Nice bars and restaurants in the surrounding area and lots of old buildings in the neighborhood an awful lot of grunge and the atmosphere is very good. Seemed to be a local favorite place, now go ahead and take the time out to visit this place if you
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  • This place has been heavily gentrified. Think it's lost a lot of the grit it had until recently, however this is a very nice area to walk around, bars and restaurants abound and the area is very prett...  more »

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