Alphabet City History
Alphabet City was, for the longest time, the face of New York City's gangster and crime epidemic. Located on the Avenues A - D in East Village, the only roads to bear alphabetical names, it derives its name from the avenues and its unique character from its location as the setting for Alphabet City (1984), a mediocre film that nevertheless characterized the rough-and-tough lifestyle of the neighborhood for four decades. In the late 80s, swaths of the city also began to be dominated by hippies and Bohemians, adding a new but equally shady flavor to the mix.
These days, it's been caught up in the rapid gentrification of East Village, and with it, gained a whole different stereotype. Alphabet City is now a relatively safe neighborhood in Manhattan, with renovated apartments, a bustling nightlife, and an average annual income well above the national average. Most notably, Tompkins Square Park, the site of the infamous Tompkins Square Riots in 1998 (and 1874, strangely enough), has become one of the most desired locations in NYC, with its recently renovated gardens and park buildings. Though it's faced resistance to gentrification by bohemians and displaced residents, Alphabet City overall has progressed upward in safety, cleanliness, and overall quality of life.
With this in mind, Alphabet City today is an excellent place to consider renting an apartment. If you're looking for affordable, safe rentals nearby a major NYC park, here's your chance. Coming up, 5 great apartments in Alphabet City.
The eponymously named Tompkins Square Plaza borders Tompkins Square Park, making it one of the most desirable locations in Manhattan. It's a great apartment space, as well: the landlords are top notch, the rooms are spacious and offer excellent views of the park, and for its price the buildings a steal.
- 1 Bedroom - $2,750
- 2 Bedrooms - $3,550
- 3 Bedrooms - $5,065
The Villager offers two bedroom apartments at an affordable price and a great location for Alphabet City rentals. With a rooftop deck, a fitness center, and a pro-Insurent Guarantor policy, we highly recommend this apartment for new families looking for their first NYC apartment.
- 2 Bedrooms - $3,700
The Skyeast is a modernistic, suave building with a lot of style and an even better location. The architects combined a wood finish with aluminum and stainless steel cabinets, creating a sleek, modern look that appeals to everyone. It offers a balcony for every apartment, with a great view onto 11th Street, and boasts a full time doorman and laundry services. Finally, the rooms in this apartment buildig have tons of natural light feeding into the rooms, with oversized windows that allow you to filter in light from even the dimmest of days.
- 1 Bedroom - $2,600
- 2 Bedrooms - $3,900
Though it's struggled to overcome its confusing name, we can truly say CD280 is a one-of-a-kind apartment. With a private resident's garden and a running track, CD280 is one of the only Alphabet City apartments to offer personal greenery, and one of few in Manhattan that retain this amenity. The apartment rooms have high ceilings and a grandiose look about them that rings elegance and beauty, and the lobby features a neo-Cubist sculpture on mosaic tiles. .
- Studio - $2,095
- 1 Bedroom - $2,495
319 East's primary draw is in its excellent value: for only $2,500, it's a bargain in its neighborhood. It offers a resident garden for the greenery-minded consumer, a roofdeck, and clean, well-designed rooms. If you're looking to get great value for your money, pick up an Alphabet City apartment here.
- 1 Bedroom - $2,513