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Loisaida is a term derived from the Latino (and especially Puerto Rican) pronunciation of "Lower East Side", a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. Loisaida Avenue is now an alternate name for Avenue C in the Alphabet City neighborhood of New York City, whose population has largely been Hispanic (mainly Puerto Rican) since the late 1960s.

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Since the 1940s the demographic has changed markedly several times: the addition of the large labor-backed Stuyvesant Town / Peter Cooper Village housing projects after World War II at the northern end added a lower-middle to middle-class element to the area, which contributed to the eventual gentrification of the area in the 21st century; the construction of large government housing projects south and east of those and the growing Latino population transformed a large swath of the neighborhood into a Latin one until the late 1990s, when low rents outweighed high crime rates and large numbers of artists and students moved to the area. Manhattan's growing Chinatown has expanded into the southern portions LES. Still now, with crime rates low, the area is a hipster mecca and is quickly becoming further gentrified

The borders of the "Lower East Side" differ from its historical ones in that Houston Street is now considered the northern edge, and the area north of that between Houston Street and 14th Street is considered Alphabet City. But, because the Alphabet City term is largely a relic of a high-crime era, most Anglophone residents prefer to refer to Alphabet City as part of the East Village - despite the fact that the East Village is historically only the area west of Tompkins Square Park on and around St. Mark's Place - while Spanish-speaking residents continue to refer to the former Alphabet City as Loisaida.

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