Epitomizing shabby-chic, Alphabet City is a hip, bohemian enclave inside the East Village. Starving artists once considered this neighborhood their home, and the creative culture they established still shows through in the colorful 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.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
Alphabet City's Artistic Edge
It's a fun neighborhood 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 theaters & operas. Pretty much anything you could want you can walk to."
Community Roots at its Core
Trendy Bars, Boutiques, and Bodegas
Historic Tompkins Square Park is 3 blocks away and anchors the colorful diversity of the neighborhood. The East Village abounds with a bar and cafe culture unmatched in other parts of Manhattan."
Alphabet City as the Lights Go Down
Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:
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 neighborhood.
Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.