Alphabet City Movers

Alphabet City Movers

Alphabet City – the neighborhood gets its moniker from being the only Manhattan neighborhood with solely single-letter avenue names – is a colorful, eclectic, and youthful community. Just east of East Village (though it’s also considered part of East Village), Alphabet City is surrounded by Stuyvesant Town to the north, the East River to the east, and the Lower East Side to the south. Home to vibrant street art, community gardens, and popular nightlife, the enclave attracts many young artists, students, and families with fun, creativity, and style.

As a fully licensed, insured, and bonded Manhattan moving company, The Movers NYC has been successfully relocating residents to and from Alphabet City for decades. From same-day studio moves to commercial transplants, we provide the services that fit your exact needs and budget. It can be a challenge to navigate the older buildings and tight hallways of the neighborhood, but with our help, you can enjoy a painless, enjoyable move!

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What to Know Before Moving to Alphabet City

Equal parts lively, bohemian, and laidback, Alphabet City is a place filled with character!

Neighborhood History

Along with the East Village, the area that is now referred to as Alphabet City was once part of the Lower East Side. It then carved out its own identity when it became the epicenter for counterculture in the 1960s. In the 1980s, Alphabet City was pretty rundown. It had attracted a more bohemian crowd and experienced high crime rates. Then gentrification came to the enclave in the 1990s and early 2000s, leading to many renovated apartments, stores, nightclubs, and more. Now, the community is home to many young professionals, artists, and families drawn by the beautiful homes, fun nightlife, and more.

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The 10.5-acre Tompkins Square Park is the focal point of Alphabet City offering residents a place of respite from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

Attractions And Amenities

Aside from fun bars and restaurants, Alphabet City has a variety of amenities and attractions. Situated in the middle of the community, the 10.5-acre Tompkins Square Park offers a refreshing respite while people-watching, reading a good book, or enjoying a picnic. Curious about the enclave’s developmental history? The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) provides a glimpse via photographs and exhibits. Another big draw to the neighborhood is the various community gardens. Maintained by local gardeners, these gardens have transformed vacant lots into beautiful spaces for relaxation.

Led Zeppelin fans may recognize this tenement building from the cover of the band’s Physical Graffiti album. Located at 96 & 98 St. Mark’s Place, just west of Tompkins Square Park, the building currently houses a tea shop aptly named Physical Graffitea. Photo credit David Baxendale on Flickr.

Walkscore Info

If you’re coming from a place with low walkability and are sick of having to drive everywhere, we have good news. As with many parts of the borough, Alphabet City not only offers excellent walkability but is also one of the most walkable enclaves in all of New York City! What this means is that you’ll have no problem getting around to your favorite shops, bars, and restaurants. But it doesn’t end there. The Manhattan neighborhood also has world-class public transportation (the 4, F, L, and R subway lines stop here), along with many car-sharing options. Love riding your bike? Rejoice… Alphabet City is a biker’s paradise as well! If you don’t have a bicycle yet, you might want to grab one.

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Though things have calmed down in recent years – there used to be a lot of crime in the area back in the 1980s and 1990s – Alphabet City still retains an appealing edginess. Filled with colorful murals and stylish touches, there’s a youthful energy that’s both eccentric and trendy. Along with vibrant aesthetics, Alphabet City is home to popular nightlife. This serves as a big plus for the many young professionals that have made the enclave their new home base. It also maintains affordable rents relative to the rest of Manhattan.

A mural on East 12th street by NYC graffiti artist Chico. Photo credit Eden, Janine and Jim on Flickr.

Best Bars And Restaurants

Living in Alphabet City affords residents multiple choices when it comes to cuisine and nightlife. Let’s start with the best bars. Combining innovative cocktails with a laidback setting, The Wayland is the quintessential Alphabet cocktail bar. Alphabet City Beer Co. is a fantastic bar and craft beer store, while Death & Company has a distinct speakeasy vibe. Okay, so how about eats? Ama Raw Bar serves up Asian-inspired seafood and craft cocktails. For Mediterranean, from tapas to paella, check out Jose Luis Mediterranean Cuisine. A10 Kitchen cooks up American comfort food, while Secchu Yokota serves Japanese cuisine the Omakase style, meaning you leave all ordering decisions up to the staff!

Alphabet City’s Trusted Moving Company

In general, moving in Manhattan is overwhelming. But when you factor in the particular structures and obstacles of Alphabet City, you need a crew that knows what they’re doing. The Movers NYC has years and years of experience moving residents of this East Village enclave. Need to clear out your studio in a day? No problem. Have a huge household filled with fragile and valuable items? We make it a breeze to relocate safely and securely. And if you’re headed out of the borough, state, or even country, The Movers NYC can take care of your entire move! Below, you’ll find a list of our Alphabet City moving services:

  • Local, long-distance, and international moves
  • Specialty moves: art, antiques, pianos, white-glove services, and more
  • Residential and commercial moving services
  • Last-minute and same-day moves
  • Full-service moving and packing options available

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