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Address: Avenues A, B, C, and D, between Houston and 23rd, New York City, NY

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Alphabet City

This is an interesting, fun part of town. It used to be dangerous back in the 1980's, but with Mayor Guliani cleaning every place up and the rising rent markets, it is a sanitized... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Actually stayed near Tompkins Square Park during my visit. Loved it !!! All the amenities are practically stone throw away from each other, you don't even need to venture out too far. From restaurants to bars to vintage shopping to pharmacies to 24hr delis, all you need is in one area. If you want to head mid town for the... More 

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was nice to walk around in the Alphabet City. It is different than the center of Manhattan, in the sense that it is much more quiter and without the presence of tourists. There is not any major attraction to see, so you can go for a walk and enjoy this characteristic neighborhoud. However, don't forget to visit the Thompkins... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is an interesting, fun part of town. It used to be dangerous back in the 1980's, but with Mayor Guliani cleaning every place up and the rising rent markets, it is a sanitized version of what it was 25 to 30 years ago. It is now safe to go past Avenue A and not have to worry about getting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

A place with a lot of history - and although it's changed a lot, most of it is still there, in the buildings, the park, etc. Went with family, it's definitely a very safe environment, lots of cool restaurants and cafes. Nice to walk around in, and there's a park right in the center. Looks like a nice place to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Before it was Alphabet City, it was "The East Village," comprising a very wide mix of people, but primarily housing Ukraines, Poles, Hispanics and junkies. Before that, it was "The Lower East Side," with an equally diverse mix, dominated by Italians, Jews, Germans and other immigrants who had recently made their way to this country and were in need of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Very cool part of Manhattan. Lots of brownstones, funky cafes, restaurants and hip shops. A nice break from the skyscrapers.

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East Village
There’s still an independent vibe to the East Village, which offers plenty of unique small businesses catering to longtime New Yorkers and area college students alike. The East Village retains a bit of the old-time neighborhood feel that you can still experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of the residential blocks makes this a wonderful place to wander up and down the streets searching for the newest hip spot, or an old-school favorite. In the center of the neighborhood, Tompkins Square Park serves as a gathering point for the New Yorkers that call the East Village home. The people-watching here is hard to beat.
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