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“Love it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alphabet City

Alphabet City
Avenues A, B, C, and D, between Houston and 23rd, New York City, NY (East Village)
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Ranked #392 of 846 attractions in New York City
Type: Neighborhoods
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“Love it!”
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 live. No major attractions, but nice to relax in.

Visited March 2013
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“ABC... as easy as 1 2 3...”
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 cheap housing. Prior to that, it was exclusively the property of native Americans... but that was so long ago that I'm having trouble remembering exactly what the neighborhood was like back then (though I do remember it was much quieter and greener than it is today).

Now, it's trendy and so way cool that to live there it's like you need to be let in by the doorman of a hot night club. NYU students and hipsters have pushed out the punk rockers, hippies and (most of the) junkies and are everywhere sipping lattes, buying hipster clothes and wobbling out of the bars at 4 am. Don't be fooled, though... if you'd like to move here and you're not earning six figures, you will have to look in Brooklyn or Queens, because this neighborhood is no longer affordable to the working class that built it.

But, take heart... Thompkins Square Park is still one of the greatest places in Manhattan for its gritty diversity... you can still see a group of stoned cold junkies [rent stabilized apartments is the explanation for their presence] nodding out on a park bench just 30 feet away from a playground full of toddlers, kids, moms and nannies. [Probably, no nanny was ever sighted in this neighborhood until the 1990s gentrification] The Park was historically "home" to the vibrant socialist movement of days long gone, but still is reliable for an anarchist demonstrations every so often. You'll also find a farmers market on weekends and a [weekly?] free food dispensary for the poor or homeless.

Yes, you MUST go to the East Vill.... oh I mean Alphabet City... if you visit Manhattan. Check out the difference between the day and night scene, eat great ethnic foods and buy lots of unique stuff [even if, when you get it home, you then think, "why the heck did I buy THAT?"] You will not forget your day here. I promise.

Visited March 2013
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“High Funk Factor”
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.

Visited October 2011
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