Alphabet City

Two-story murals, eclectic store fronts, and a counterculture arts scene stand out in this East Village nook.

Epitomising shabby-chic, Alphabet City is a hip, bohemian enclave inside the East Village. Starving artists once considered this neighbourhood their home, and the creative culture they established still shows through in the colourful murals and cool spaces that crowd its streets. Alphabet City has steadily evolved since the early 20th century, and it now overflows with trendy bars and stylish restaurants.

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On the Map

Alphabet City is within East Village and Manhattan and bordered by Lower East Side, Kips Bay, and Gramercy Park

Laguardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab
Wall Street / Financial District: 34 minutes by subway
Times Square: 30 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Alphabet City's Artistic Edge

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Alphabet City's expressive nature evidences itself on every surface.

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Garage doors and brick walls transform entire streets into walkable works of art.

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Alphabet City inspires a kind of street style that lends itself to alternative inclinations. Skaters, especially, seem to love Alphabet City.

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It's a fun neighbourhood that's famous and everyone comes to because it is filled with affordable cool and trendy restaurants, cafes, bars, hip clubs, shopping, yoga studios,coffee shops, live music venues, gyms, and avant garde theatres & operas. Pretty much anything you could want you can walk to."

Community Roots at its Core

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Alphabet City is rooted in a generations-old community.

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Its continued growth stems from its residents' dedication to cultivation.

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Trendy Bars, Boutiques, and Bodegas

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Alphabet City's vibrant interiors match the neighbourhood's colourful exteriors.

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Cheeky bars, boutiques, bakeries, and delis dominate Alphabet City's streets.

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Historic Tompkins Square Park is 3 blocks away and anchors the colourful diversity of the neighbourhood. The East Village abounds with a bar and cafe culture unmatched in other parts of Manhattan."

Alphabet City as the Lights Go Down

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As the sun sets on Alphabet City, the neighbourhood awakens.

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Alphabet City's countless dive bars and intimate clubs are revered as NYC after-hours destinations.

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Public displays of expression contribute to the neighbourhood's raw allure.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Jacob Krupnick

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Jacob Krupnick is a director and photographer from Brooklyn. In 2011, he released the feature-length dance film "Girl Walk // All Day", a non-stop music video shot entirely in the streets of NYC. Since then, he’s spent his time creating one-of-a-kind, immersive screening experiences all over the world. Shooting for Airbnb was a great excuse for Jacob to wander the city with a camera in hand, thinking about what best defines the feel of a neighbourhood.

Kenn Tam

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Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specialises in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.