Alphabet City

Manhattan

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Alphabet City, or Loisaida as it was named by a generation of Puerto Rican emigrants, is a Manhattan neighborhood that offers generous atmospheric doses of both the Lower East Side and the East Village. Picture being within a block of the Hudson, 5 seconds away from the bike path that can take you up, down and around NYC. Picture being in your own little corner of Manhattan, with grassy parks, big skies and not one, not two, but three Danny Meyer restaurants a quick walk away.

It’s an area that extends from 14th Street bordering on Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town to the north, with Houston Street as the southern end. Avenues A to D going straight to the East River with its recreational parks, bike paths and pedestrian walkways form the area’s boundaries west to east.Picture being within a block of the Hudson, 5 seconds away from the bike path that can take you up, down and around NYC. Picture being in your own little corner of Manhattan, with grassy parks, big skies and not one, not two, but three Danny Meyer restaurants a quick walk away.

Alphabet City has a long, vibrant, occasionally violent and dangerous history. Originally populated by a wave of German immigrants, the area has hosted subsequent infusions of Jewish, Italian, Hispanic, Polish and African American populations whose collective ethnic imprint remains on a number of landmarked buildings, specialty food emporia, shops, restaurants, and the generally diverse cultural character that permeates the neighborhood in a very positive way.Picture being within a block of the Hudson, 5 seconds away from the bike path that can take you up, down and around NYC. Picture being in your own little corner of Manhattan, with grassy parks, big skies and not one, not two, but three Danny Meyer restaurants a quick walk away.

The heart of Alphabet City is Tompkins Square Park, once the site of a police riot in 1986. In the roughly 30 years since that sad event the park and the surrounding area have been revived, blossoming into a place resonating with soulful, verdant charm and the space of the sky. The area has been attracting a wave of new, well-heeled and adventurous professionals who have somehow blended in with the existing population without marring the locale’s complex cultural ecosystem. Still, Avenue C is a sort of border between the newer, more gentrified Alphabet City and the poorer, edgier section further east.Picture being within a block of the Hudson, 5 seconds away from the bike path that can take you up, down and around NYC. Picture being in your own little corner of Manhattan, with grassy parks, big skies and not one, not two, but three Danny Meyer restaurants a quick walk away.

Alphabet City is a real neighborhood, populated by a host of distinctly New York characters. One of the cooler aspects of the neighborhood is its profusion of community gardens, basically garbage-strewn empty lots reclaimed by the locals and transformed into lush, tranquil urban oases. Picture being within a block of the Hudson, 5 seconds away from the bike path that can take you up, down and around NYC. Picture being in your own little corner of Manhattan, with grassy parks, big skies and not one, not two, but three Danny Meyer restaurants a quick walk away.

On a breezy summer night you can walk the streets of Loisaida and encounter friends and neighbors partying together on their stoops or in their garden plots, drinking, talking and playing cards or board games. Salsa and electronica music waft down the streets and the compact two-lane, two-way avenues that give the area its inviting scale and intimacy, and even if you’re just visiting for dinner, it feels like home. Picture being within a block of the Hudson, 5 seconds away from the bike path that can take you up, down and around NYC. Picture being in your own little corner of Manhattan, with grassy parks, big skies and not one, not two, but three Danny Meyer restaurants a quick walk away.

The area is served by the L subway line and M8, 9, 14 and 21 bus lines.Picture being within a block of the Hudson, 5 seconds away from the bike path that can take you up, down and around NYC. Picture being in your own little corner of Manhattan, with grassy parks, big skies and not one, not two, but three Danny Meyer restaurants a quick walk away.

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

L

Buses:

M8
M9
M14
M21

Rental Prices:

$1,930 ― $3,890

Sales Prices:

$465,000 ― $933,000

Landmarks:

Tompkins Square Park, Nuyorican Poets Cafe

School Districts:

1

Police Precincts:

9

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  • dikar
    January 14th 2015
    Ii agree that getting there can be difficult but, once I get there, I love the bustling, youthful activity in the streets and in the bars and restaurants. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space gives good tours and explores the history of urban activism. (You don't; find THAT in Des Moines.)
  • ZackWalker
    July 30th 2014
    This is one of my favorite nabes in the city. Good food, good drink, good vibes.
  • sophie
    June 4th 2014
    The only bad thing about Alphabet City is that it is far from great public transportation. Great area to go out in every so often. Be sure to check out great beer gardens such as Zum Schneider.

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