Alphabet City

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

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.

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On the Map

Alphabet City is within Manhattan and East Village and bordered by Kips Bay, Lower East Side, 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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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 neighborhood's colorful exteriors.

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

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Alphabet City as the Lights Go Down

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As the sun sets on Alphabet City, the neighborhood 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 neighborhood's raw allure.

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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

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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 neighborhood.

Kenn Tam

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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.