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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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  • We stayed in Av C during our NYC vacations, and it was a great option. It was close by to many bars and clubs, as well as Williamsburg Bridge (which we crossed walking). You can visit SoHo, Little Ita...  read more »
  • Alphabet city is located in lower Manhattan. It is called so because the street name is alphabetically: Avenue and Avenue B and Avenue p and Avenue d. the only Avenue on Manhattan without the numeric representation. The main attractions of the alphabetical city is Tompkins Square Park and n′ûorikanskoe poetic Café. Now in the area, predominantly poles, Spaniards and the Jews.
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  • We have taken an Airbnb for our stay in New York. Alphabet city, compared to other areas that we've seen, seems "Bohemian" it's a little simple neighborhood, no history with beautiful modern shops as old (mr. Throwback, urban outfiters,...) The streets are pleasant to browse. The Park who joined avenue A at avenue B is soothing the east village to perfection!
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