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4 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $7,995 - Photo 1
3 hours ago  |  Score: 90.8
East 8th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$7,995
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4 Bed
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2 Bath
By Lana Tarashvili, East Village Expert
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2 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $4,950 - Photo 1
18 hours ago  |  Score: 90.7
East 2nd Street and Ave A
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$4,950
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2 Bed
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2 Bath
By Evan Schwarz
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Studio, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $4,525 - Photo 1
9 hours ago  |  Score: 90.6
East 14th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$4,525
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Studio
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1 Bath
By Justin Rodriguez
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Studio, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $4,525 - Photo 1
9 hours ago  |  Score: 90.5
East 14th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$4,525
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Studio
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1 Bath
By John Morrison
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2 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $7,989 - Photo 1
12 hours ago  |  Score: 90.5
East 14th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$7,989
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2 Bed
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2 Bath
By Samantha MacDonald, East Village Expert
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1 Bedroom, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $7,995 - Photo 1
11 hours ago  |  Score: 90.5
East 8th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$7,995
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1 Bed
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2 Bath
By Khaled Nawaly
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2 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $3,795 - Photo 1
1 day ago  |  Score: 90.5
45 Avenue B, Apt 3
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,795
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2 Bed
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1 Bath
By Martina Dechevska
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2 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $8,655 - Photo 1
10 hours ago  |  Score: 90.4
East 14th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$8,655
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2 Bed
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2 Bath
By Khaled Nawaly
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2 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $4,950 - Photo 1
10 hours ago  |  Score: 90.4
East 2nd Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$4,950
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2 Bed
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1 Bath
By David Tomassi
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3 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $5,195 - Photo 1
11 hours ago  |  Score: 90.3
East 6th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$5,195
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3 Bed
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1 Bath
By Olga Khomenets
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1 Bedroom, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $7,995 - Photo 1
10 hours ago  |  Score: 90.3
East 8th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$7,995
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1 Bed
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2 Bath
By Justin Rodriguez
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2 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $3,941 - Photo 1
12 hours ago  |  Score: 90.3
East 9th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,941
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2 Bed
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1 Bath
By Sean Bixler, East Village Expert
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1 Bedroom, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $3,250 - Photo 1
3 hours ago  |  Score: 90.3
East 10th Street bet Ave A & A...
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,250
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1 Bed
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1 Bath
By Lana Tarashvili, East Village Expert
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4 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $6,600 - Photo 1
14 hours ago  |  Score: 90.2
Ave A
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$6,600
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4 Bed
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1 Bath
By Jonathan H
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2 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $8,655 - Photo 1
12 hours ago  |  Score: 90.2
East 14th Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$8,655
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2 Bed
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2 Bath
By Olga Khomenets
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1 Bedroom, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $3,250 - Photo 1
1 day ago  |  Score: 90.2
Avenue B
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,250
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1 Bed
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1 Bath
By Geraldine Valdez
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1 Bedroom, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $3,475 - Photo 1
10 hours ago  |  Score: 90.2
East 5 Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,475
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1 Bed
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1.5 Bath
By Adrian Tanguay
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3 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $5,190 - Photo 1
9 hours ago  |  Score: 90.2
Avenue B
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$5,190
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3 Bed
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1 Bath
By David Tomassi
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1 Bedroom, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $3,475 - Photo 1
10 hours ago  |  Score: 90.2
East 5 Street
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,475
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1 Bed
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1.5 Bath
By Abayomi Harris
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3 Bedrooms, Alphabet City Rental in NYC for $4,800 - Photo 1
1 day ago  |  Score: 90.1
637 E 6
Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$4,800
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3 Bed
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1 Bath
By Sharon Levy
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Alphabet City

Located in East Village, the neighborhood was the true and living image of urban grit. Growing trendier by the day, the neighborhood still maintains its bohemian and edgy flair, but has begun to epitomize "shabby-chic" with street art paired with Starbucks and Capital One. Despite the increasingly expensive rental prices in this area, the neighborhood is still heavy with indie coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, and avant-garde performance spaces.

Although Alphabet City has managed to…

Alphabet City Apartments
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Alphabet City

Located in East Village, the neighborhood was the true and living image of urban grit. Growing trendier by the day, the neighborhood still maintains its bohemian and edgy flair, but has begun to epitomize "shabby-chic" with street art paired with Starbucks and Capital One. Despite the increasingly expensive rental prices in this area, the neighborhood is still heavy with indie coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, and avant-garde performance spaces.

Although Alphabet City has managed to escape a lot of the heavy development found in other lower Manhattan neighborhoods, more and more high-rises and condos are being developed and the population of Alphabet is growing more and more diverse everyday.

Atmosphere

Alphabet City in the 21st century is calmer than its late 20th century self. The roots put down by its artist founders still exist, but with the rest of New York, it grew into a trendy area. It still maintains its bohemian and edgy flair but has begun to epitomize “shabby-chic” with street art paired with Starbucks and Capital One. The neighborhood is still heavy with indie coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, and avant-garde performance spaces, despite the increasingly expensive rents.

Alphabet City was the true and living image of urban grit. The romantic notions of starving artists, intellectual freedom, and free love; the rejection of popularly accepted social norms and culture, the complete freedom and abject poverty that has been romanticized in film and literature and music for the last few decades. The dreams and aspirations of the neighborhood didn’t last — Alphabet City, like the rest of the East Village, was devastated by the AIDS epidemic. The impact was profound and the landscape of the neighborhood began to shift.

At the turn of the 20th century, the neighborhood changed drastically. From being home to Puerto Rican and African American populations, the area became home to a newly forming bohemian lifestyle in New York City. As an extension of the Lower East Side, Alphabet City, which sits on the outskirts of the island, was decrepit, and home to a , as the New York Times put it in 1984, “stubbornly persistent plague of street dealers in narcotics.”

Flat or Tall?

Alphabet City has managed to escape a lot of the heavy development that other lower Manhattan neighborhoods have experienced. Most buildings are generally short and prewar, with a few public housing projects in between, but there is no doubt that the area has cleaned up. More and more condos and high-rise buildings are being developed, and different types of New Yorkers are moving in, but many buildings are still mixed-use.

History

Alphabet City was once a salt marsh, a kind of wetland that was drained in the 19th century and then reclaimed by real estate developers. Through the 19th century, Alphabet City was home to immigrants, largely of German descent. At a certain point, the neighborhood was known as “Little Germany”. The German immigrants began to be replaced by Eastern Europeans in the late 1800s. After this transition, the neighborhood became known as one of the worst slums in the city. It consisted of tenement housing with no running water. The primary public bathing location was located on 23rd Street and Avenue C and the area became the red light district of the city.

It became one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the city, partially due to it’s proximity to the garment factories. Once the subways were constructed, many of the immigrant workers who made their living at these factories relocated to more affordable parts of town that were now more easily accessible.

Alphabet City became the homebase to thousands of Puerto Ricans in the middle of the 20th century, and the area became known as “Loisaida”, Spanglish for Lower East Side. The Nuyorican Movement sparked in Alphabet City, strengthening Puerto Rican cultural identity in New York. This movement, along with low rents and the creative atmosphere created by Nuyorican intellectuals, began to attract a bohemian population.

Activities

Coffee shops here have an air of inspiration to them – after all, the area is filled with creative types – so stop by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe or Ciao for Now for your java fix. Restaurants are vibrant in Alphabet City: Cienfuegos is a must for great Cuban food and atmosphere (and rum punch bowls). To really embody the spirit of Alphabet City, catch an underground music show at Nublu or a free performance in Tompkins Square Park, or stroll the streets to look for the many wall murals that have been splashed onto the buildings of the neighborhood since its renaissance in the later 20th century. If you’re looking for green activities, take a look at the offerings at Sustainable NYC, a general store offering products and quirky gift items that are local, organic, recycled, fair-trade, repurposed, and eco-friendly. And if all that tires you out, relax with a drink at Amor y Amargo (“Love and Bitters”), which serves up some of the best homemade bitters in the city, or dance the night away at Bedlam.

Check it Out

Tompkins Square Park is home to many of the vibrant annual events that are a must-see in Alphabet City: the outdoor drag festival Wigstock, the Howl Festival commemorating Allen Ginsberg, and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.

For those interested, Alphabet City currently has no residential listings advertised on the market for rental. From data that we've compiled, these listings range from in the lower quartile to in the upper quartile, with the median rental price at around . For those interested in renting a listing in this search area, there are currently 0 studio, 0 one-bedroom, 0 two-bedroom, 0 three-bedroom, and 0 four+ bedroom properties available for rent.
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Alphabet City is located within 10009. This area currently has 59,799 residents in 30,062 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 36.3.

When looking at residents older than 25, 13.57% have graduated from high school, 36.79% have a bachelor's degree, and 22.29% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 63.2% and the median income in this zipcode is $60,788.

At least 93.26% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 32.1 minutes.

Geographically, 10009 is a part of New York County, New York. This county is currently home to 1,634,989 residents, or 753,385 households with a median income of $75,513. New York County, New York residents have a median age of 36.7 and 76.86% are currently renting their homes in the area.

Finally, New York County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 37.8. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.

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