Alphabet City

Although Avenue Q is very much a 2000s play, and many of its themes speak to the livelihood and struggles of Generation Y, the location of Avenue Q itself takes its name from one of New York City’s most iconic neighborhoods: Alphabet City, specifically Avenues A through D before the 1980s. During the 1990s and early 2000s, the area underwent a massive gentrification period; by the time Avenue Q came to Broadway, Alphabet City was no longer the crime-ridden, lowerclass neighborhood that once made it such a Manhattan icon. Once one of the most densely populated, diverse areas in the city, it was once home to struggling artists, immigrants, and homeless tenements; today, rents have skyrocketed, abandoned storefronts have transformed into art galleries and boutiques, and lower-income residents have been pushed out of their once-affordable homes. 

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