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.Work out when and for how long to visit Alphabet City and other New York City attractions using our handy New York City trip planner.
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The area once known for crime and drug activity has begun it's renaissance. Now scattered with coffee shops, restaurants and clubs it has become a destination area. Avenue A, B, C and D just East... more »
This area is real New York !,it’s where the locals live and hang out,it is a really cool place .Its fun and very lively at night ,this area I believe was once home to Madonna and Lady Gaga and a lot..... more »
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