Alphabet City

A Bohemian and Eclectic Enclave of East Village
Alphabet City is a bohemian, laid-back enclave within East Village. It historically served as a cultural and ethnic hub for German, Polish, Hispanic, Jewish populations, and those cultures have made its mark. This eccentric neighborhood includes trendy restaurants and hip bars, craft cocktail lounges, and a German Beer Garden. A strong Puerto Rican community exists on Avenue C.

A mix of students, artists, and families call Alphabet City home. Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a bastion of New York City's Nuyorican art movement, is now a space for poetry, hip hop, comedy, and more. With charming bodegas, gardens, the popular Tompkins Square Park, and colorful murals, Alphabet City's creativity and style is no secret.
What Alphabet City Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.3
value
8.0
amenities
6.0
social
8.0
management
7.0
safety
7.1
Median rents in Alphabet City
Studio
$
2,850
1 Bedroom
$
3,650
2 Bedroom
$
4,200

Living in
Alphabet City

Bohemian
Bars
Great Restaurants
Close to Campus
Parks and Gardens
Subway Lines
Affordable Options
Citi Bikes
Mix of Supermarkets
Fun Area
Alphabet City — 8/10 Rating (based on 12 neighborhood reviews)
Alphabet City has been a great place to live in New York - there are a lot of bars and restaurants around, so it's relatively easy to convince friends to go out around the neighborhood. The walks to the closest subways (the L, F, and 6 trains) are relatively pleasant, and it's easy to walk over to the East Side Parkway if you're interested in running by the river. It feels like a pretty central location without being too much in the thick of it - Avenue B is quieter than Avenue A, and Avenue C is quieter than Avenue B with regards to noise. There are usually people out and about, so it's safe to walk home late at night.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Eastville Gardens
Great bars, great restaurants. Can walk to school and have subway options with the F on 2nd Avenue as well as the green and yellow lines at Astor Place. Also plenty of Citi bike racks.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
170 East 2nd St
Awesome neighborhood with great restaurants. Pretty far east, but still only a 20 minute walk to Stern. 15 minutes to the F.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Robyn
Good mixture of bars, restaurants, and residential buildings and close enough to school to walk!
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
531 East 12th Street
It's an ideal neighborhood to live in if you're going to NYU Stern.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Villager
Love the neighborhood. A lot of fun.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
188 Ave B
Pros: Fun area. Lots of great bars and restaurants. Tompkins square park is nearby and the area has lots of small gardens. Reasonable price compared to the rest of Manhattan.

Cons: Small, old building. Heat and hot water problems are normal, as are cockroaches and mice. Nearest subways are about 10 minutes away.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
635 east ninth street
Fun, great bars and restaurants, not easiest access to subway, but still manageable. Has a decent amount of supermarkets, both high end and economical. Walking distance from NYU.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
170 E 3rd St
Getting towards the shadier part of the East Village, but I've never felt in danger. Google "East Village" and everything you read is probably true. Great nightlife, loud, and affordable depending on where you decide to stop in.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Deco East
Right in Alphabet City, you get them perks of Soho, St Marks and the LES without the price.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
620 E. 6th St
Love the neighborhood. Very diverse mix of people and shops.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
531 East 12th Street
Very cool neighbourhood
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Deco East


Getting to Know
Alphabet City

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: East River to Avenue A
North to South Boundaries: E 14th St to E Houston St
dining
Casa Adela
Minca
Raclette
Yankee Pizza
grocery
C-Town Supermarket
Key Food
convenience
Union Market
fitness
CrossFit East River
Iron & Silk Fitness Center
MoshFit
Sixth Street Pilates
parks
6BC Botanical Garden
East River Park
First Run
Tompkins Square Park
coffee
Matcha Cafe Wabi
Ninth Street Espresso
Paradiso
The Roost
bus
M14D (bus)
M21/M9 (bus)
M8 (bus)
M9 (bus)
rail
L (metro)
parking
Edison Parkfast - Location #30
Quik Park PCVST Garage (#5)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Alphabet City includes zip code 10009
Rent vs Own
87
%
of Alphabet City residents are renters
Driving to Work
7
%
of Alphabet City residents drive to work
New Construction
6
%
of housing units in Alphabet City have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
27
%
<20 units
26
%
20-49 units
47
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
11
%
18 - 34
36
%
35 - 54
27
%
55+
26
%
Unit Mix
11
%
Studio
37
%
1 Bed
38
%
2 Bed
15
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
59
%
Undergrad Student
6
%
Grad Student
4
%
Unemployed
5
%
Retired
24
%

Best Apartments
in Alphabet City



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1 Bed $3,400
2 Beds $4,400
3 Beds $5,200

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