7.3 out of 10

East Village

Ranked 15th best neighborhood in Manhattan
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Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Schools
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Hipsters
  • Families with kids

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"New York's Everything with Downtown Attitude"

People who love the East Village are probably pretty partial, but to us, this neighborhood is the hub of Manhattan - historically, culturally and socially. The area served as the stage for some of music's most important moments in New York, centering around the infamous CBGB. St. Mark's Place was once a block of punk squatters and starving musicians looking for a break. The neighborhood was alive with a gritty music culture. Today, that spirit has pretty much been driven out by gentrification, but the East Village remains defiant by remaining one of New York's underground music headquarters. You'll find punk and metal bars like Lit Lounge and the Library, residents that range from the original punks to new indie musicians honing their craft in an artistic hood, not to mention plenty of hole-in-the-wall music venues to discover your new favorite band in.

While gentrification may have taken all that's cool about St. Mark's Place and replaced it with Jamba Juice and Chipotle - except for two stalwart stores that have survived since their glory days: Trash Vaudeville and the vintage shop, Search and Destroy - on some blocks, it's brought fantastic restaurants, bars and boutiques. Traverse 9th Street from East to West for a mix of vintage and new boutiques that appeal to all alternative senses of style. Eat anything from Thai to North African along Second Avenue. And as far as bars, the East Village has you covered no matter what your scene is - decadence? Bourgeois Pig. History, sophistication? Burp Castle. Beer lover? Jimmy's No. 43. Hipster? Blue and Gold. Just here to party? Double Down Saloon. A book could be written on the East Village's diverse and thriving nightlife. (Of course, don't forget that with reputable nightlife comes the B&T crowd, so know what places to avoid - especially new places like The Thirteenth Step.)

The East Village literally has it all. Leafy beauty and pets galore at Tompkins Square Park. Food from around the world. The highest concentration of bars you'll find in New York. Shopping that ranges from chain stores in Union Square to quirky boutiques on side streets. Rare book shops, theaters (Joe's Pub!), music venues, movie theaters - plus the East Village attitude that remains strong even though the area has definitely been infiltrated by yuppies and B&Ts. But, who could blame them? Who wouldn't want to come here?
Pros
  • Tons to do
  • Great nightlife
  • Lots of history
Cons
  • Crowded and noisy
  • Invaded by the Bridge and Tunnel crowd
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
Jul 02, 2015

"Great place to go out for food and drinks"

Pros
  • Fantastic restaurants
  • Trendy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Funkytown"

The East Village.... ive only been there during the day, but ive heard during the night its the best place in town. I went there this May to meet up with a friend who lives above Tompkins Square Park on Avenue B. He took me out to see all the people and it was one of the awesomest things ive ever seen. The area is well populated with families, so its a safe neighborhood, compared what it used to be. Just dont wander east of Avenue C at night. Its one of the most affordable areas in Manhattan so if you're on a budget make sure to check here. Welcome to the neighborhood. Cant wait to see what its like at night!
Pros
  • great nightlife
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
  • Great bohemian legacy
  • Cheap, great restaurants
  • center of hip culture
Cons
  • Still a little dangerous east of Avenue C at night
  • loud bar scene
  • alphabet city is far from transport
  • crowded and busy especially around St Mark's Square
  • Noisy
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"East Village – If You’re Young, Hip, and Like It Loud"

The East Village is an amazing place to live. It’s a neighborhood that has undergone a lot of changes, not all of them good, but for the most part it remains a vibrant, interesting area unlike any other in Manhattan. It is accessible by nearly a dozen different subways. Take the F or V to the Second Avenue station, the L to First Avenue or Third Avenue, and the N, Q, R, W, to Union Square and the 4, 5, 6 to Astor Place.

The East Village’s north and south borders are East 14th Street and East Houston Street, respectively, with Fourth Avenue and the East River providing the other defining boundaries. It should not be confused with Greenwich Village/The West Village which extends west from Broadway to the Hudson River south of 14th Street and north of Houston. The East Village ‘vibe’ has more in common with Lower East Side tenements than with Greenwich Village Brownstones.

Like many of New York’s oldest neighborhoods, the East Village has been targeted by developers seeking to replace decaying buildings with luxury high rises. Long time residents are fighting this trend tooth and nail, working hard to maintain the distinctive characteristics – good and bad – of the area. Their efforts have resulted in new zoning laws that will limit future constructions to 8 stories and under and regulations about creating more affordable housing to ensure that gentrification does not force low- and middle income individuals and families to relocate.

To get a good feel for the zeigeist of the East Village, you should definitely head to Tompkins Square Park on Avenue A. It’s a meeting place for locals and you’ll share benches there with youthful street musicians, NYU students, and just-graduated professionals. There are concerts in the park, an annual Halloween doggie parade, and plenty of people spouting a wide range of political viewpoints.

Drinking is both a pleasure and a problem in the East Village. It packs more bars into its small area than any other neighborhood in Manhattan, so on weekends, popular blocks like St. Marks Place are deafening with the sound of music and party people. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the East Village continues to be riddled with crime.

Old time New Yorkers remember days when the East Village was filled with squatters and under the ‘protection’ of biker gangs and rents were dirt cheap. Now rents are skyrocketing, and renting a two-bedroom apartment will run you about $3,500. And what you get for your money won’t be a luxury.

What you will get is proximity to some of the most interesting destinations that Manhattan has to offer. There are galleries, vintage clothing stores, multiplexes, and enough ethnic cuisines to let you eat your way around the world. Most notable is East 6th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, which is dotted with authentic Indian eateries, both high-priced and low.
Pros
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
  • Great bohemian legacy
  • Artsy boutiques
  • Cheap, great restaurants
  • center of hip culture
Cons
  • loud bar scene
  • alphabet city is far from transport
  • crowded and busy especially around St Mark's Square
  • Noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Not quite as edgy as the days of yore, but still really friggin cool"

Native east villagers complain about how awful the neighborhood has gotten because of gentrification and the yuppies that followed. But, I think there's still enough edge to the neighborhood to make it cool. This neighborhood really has it all. It has cheap but delicious pizza every other block, cool bars, hip restaurants, live music venues and art.
The New York Theatre Workshop and the Public Theatre (two of the city's most prestigious theatre organizations) are both housed in the East Village. Checking out a play in one of these houses is requisite! All of the restaurants on 2nd avenue are pretty terrific -- you can really take your pick. But, for a laid back environment with an eclectic menu, The Smith is a crowd favorite.
There are so many exciting cultural things to do in the neighborhood as well! You can go pay homage to Allen Ginsberg at his stoop on East 7th, catch a poetry reading at the Nuyorican, and check out McSorley's Old Ale House. McSorley's is the oldest bar in New York city and everything has remained almost exactly the same as the day it opened in the mid 19th century.
This neighborhood is just beyond cool.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Funky Neighborhood Still"

The East Village retains its funky edge even though gentrification has occurred over the past several years. This is the area where the Broadway musical "Rent" and "hair" were set. The area is bordered by Greenwich Village to the west, and Stuyvesant town to the North.

The neighborhoodhas many places for cheap eats, along with hip bars and clubs with live music. The New York Theater Workshop and the Public theater, two of the city most famous theater companies are both in the area. All of the restaurants offer good food at reasonable prices with The Smith being a crowd favorite for its prices and variety of food choices.

A must visit is the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe on East 3rd Street which presents innovate works of literature, theater, music, poetry, and visual art from both established and new artists. The famous poet, Allen Ginsberg lived on East 7th Street and was a regular patron of the Nuyorican Cafe. If you are up for a bit of history, visit McSorely;s Ale House on East 7th Street, reputed to be the oldest bar in the city. Most everything in the place remains the same as when it first opening in 1854. The New York Marble Cemetery is locate don East 2nd Street and is the oldest non-sectarian cemetery in the city.

The main hub of the area is St. Mark's Place (East 8th Street) which houses many quaint and offbeat shops like Trash and Vaudeville, boutiques along with several tattoo piecing parlors. A downside to the East Village is that many chain stores are opening in the area robbing it of some of its edgy flavor.

While no area of Manhattan is inexpensive to live, you can find some reasonable priced rentals i this area, particularly if you are willing to share. Many students from nearby NYU and Cooper Union live here. It is a great area for young people who seek to be out and about and experience the vibe of the neighborhood. More mature singles and couples will likely prefer more sedate areas of the city. The area is also not well served by public transportation.
Pros
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
  • Great bohemian legacy
  • Artsy boutiques
  • center of hip culture
  • inexpensive nightlife scene
  • fantastic bar and restaurant scene
  • Very lively and vibrant at night
  • a few good restaurants/bars
Cons
  • loud bar scene
  • alphabet city is far from transport
  • crowded and busy especially around St Mark's Square
  • more for singles than for families
  • Noisy
  • Messy and dirty in certain areas
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
AdamS
AdamS Fantastic review!!!
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Changing Neighborhood Trying To Hold On To Its Past"

There was a time when the East Village was the "cool" part of Manhattan. The place where new era musicians, poets, and anyone else with a counter-culture vibe used to dominate is quickly changing into another Manhattan neighborhood with high rents, chain restaurants and department stores, and high priced dining options.

On the plus side, all is not completely lost. Parts of the East Village retain their counter culture values, albeit in more commercial way like boutiques and headshops. There are even parts where you can find a place that is affordable.

Folks living in the area enjoy the great food options available in East Village, especially the ethnic food places you find in-between the generic chain cafes. Parts of the area still retain their artsy attitude but there is no denying the area is a long way from what it once was.

Visitors to the area will still enjoy the legendary counter culture historic sites, get a chance to snag some cheap merch at St. Mark's Place, and sit and relax in a couple of parks that Manhattan has managed to hold on to. Despite whatever losses it may have incurred, there are still places where you can get a cheap drink and listen to some indie music or enjoy the underground art scene.
Pros
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
  • Cheap, great restaurants
  • inexpensive nightlife scene
Cons
  • Not nearly as edgy as it wants to be
  • crowded and busy especially around St Mark's Square
  • more for singles than for families
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"New York's Funkiest Neighborhood"

The East Village remains the funkiest neighborhood in Manhattan, even though it has gentrified a great deal over the years (much to the dismay of many long-time residents.) This is where the musicals "Hair" and "Rent" were born and set. This is where Andy Warhol, Quentin Crisp, the Velvet Underground, and my friend, Penny Arcade, walked and developed a lot of their artistry. This is where poor artists lived and took care of each other.

Even now, you can't ask for more character than you'll get in the East Village, but this is changing. The block of St. Mark's Place (which is actually East 8th Street) between Second and Third Avenues is one of my favorite blocks in the city. It has always been home to offbeat shops like Trash & Vaudeville and tons of tattoo and piercing parlors. Today, chain stores are starting to infiltrate and rob the area of its individuality. I hope that they don't take over entirely because it would be heartbreaking for those of us who appreciate the rich 20th century history of this neighborhood.

The area has a history before the 20th century, though. Abraham Lincoln gave an important address at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union. McSorley's Old Ale House on East 7th Street is purported to be the oldest saloon in Manhattan, and on East 2nd Street is the New York Marble Cemetery, the oldest non-sectarian public cemetery in the city.

While all of Manhattan is expensive by the standards in other parts of the country, the East Village still has a few apartments that are more affordable than in other areas of the city. This will continue to change as the neighborhood gentrifies further, so grab your apartment while you can. Of course, this 'hood is not for everyone. It's youthful and better suited for the non-conformist.
Pros
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
  • Great bohemian legacy
  • Artsy boutiques
  • Cheap, great restaurants
  • center of hip culture
  • inexpensive nightlife scene
  • Very lively and vibrant at night
Cons
  • Noisy
  • Messy and dirty in certain areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"The Origin of Hip"

I adore the East Village. People sa it's hip no more, but I say hipper than ever now that most of the posers and wannabe's have gone to Williamsburg and Bushwick.

The East Village knows itself and so do its residents. They don't have anything to prove. The shops are funkier than anywhere else in the city, with thriving boutiques that seem impossible to sustain. Pottery, craft items, and vegan cooking thrive.

Aside from a few luxury buildings, most of the housing is as funky as the '80s graffiti or makeshift gardens that bloom and and grow in old, abandoned parking lots. Typically these places are small and if they're big, they're odd railroad style apartments that twist and ramble. It's all part of the lifestyle and you'll know if it's for you.

Those who say the East Village have lost its way are wrong. It's lost some of the hype, but not the vibe. Urban Bohemia continues to thrive, but maybe with more composure and technology than it did in the 80s. Even if the artists are at coffee shops (of which the East Village has many) on laptops, they'd still rather be in the East Village than anyone else.
Pros
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
  • Artsy boutiques
  • Great bohemian legacy
Cons
  • alphabet city is far from transport
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"So much less cool that it used to be"

I very much fear that the East Village is quickly going the way of Soho. Soho, before it was the clean, exclusive shopping district it is today, was a quirky little neighborhood of artists and actors. There were special zoning laws passed that allowed artists to have their studio space included in their living space to make it significantly more affordable for them to maintain their place. Now greedy factions have tipped their fingernails into the canvases and ripped that idea to shreds.

The East Village still has a lot of its cool. There are the more extreme brand of hipsters lounging outside organic hummus restaurants and smoking menthols on corners next to community art projects. Some of the best, most cutting-edge bands in the city play to tiny, packed houses in buildings that, from the outside, look like abandoned warehouses. The neighborhood is definitely safer than it had been, with significantly fewer crack dens and much less violent crime. But with the influx of the younger, better-off set, many of the old artists have been forced to find much cheaper digs.

While this influx of money brings increased public safety along with twentysomethings toting home bags of bok choy from Trader Joe’s, it takes away a lot of the bitter flavor that made the East Village such a cool place for so long.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"A nice, neat little package of a neighborhood"

I find myself in this area more often than any other Manhattan neighborhood - perhaps because it has been so long established as the art-y neighborhood where so many poets and musicians hung out. Younger artists and musicians have of course moved on to cheaper neighborhoods, but the charm still remains in the East Village.

As you get closer to the East River the neighborhood gets a bit sketchier - but bars and shops are constantly popping up even here in an commercial landscape that is constantly changing to suit the needs of those art-y kids who grew up and got real jobs but still never left the neighborhood.

Anyone in need of some shopping therapy, a bit of bar hopping or just a stroll around an inviting neighborhood would fare well in the East Village.
Pros
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
  • Great bohemian legacy
  • Cheap, great restaurants
Cons
  • loud bar scene
  • Not nearly as edgy as it wants to be
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Many textures, colors, flavors"

One of the small charming things about the East Village is the presence of a couple of community gardens. One is at 9th and Avenue C, another is at 6th and Avenue B. The East River Park, a man-made extension of land into the river, was created during World War II, when ships returning from Europe dumped the excess dirt they used as ballast into the East River. The dog run at Thompkins Square Park is one of the largest in the city and even comes equipped with a giant wooden statue of a bone. St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church is host to the Poetry Project, a crucial venue and hotspot of the New York downtown poetry scene. Cinema Classics offers a neverending stream of vintage films, plus beer. Veselka and the Second Avenue Deli are staples of Ukrainian and Jewish specialties, respectively. Meanwhile, on 6th Street, there is an entire block of Indian Restaurants. There is so much to see and do in the East Village, and so many textures and groups right next to each other, it's no wonder this area has been a destination and hangout place since the sixties. People complain that the yuppies have taken over this vibrant neighborhood, but it still has touches of its rich and colorful past. One day I noticed someone had embedded some colorful mosaic tile right into the sidewalk. That's the kind of place the East Village is. Or was, in any case.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The rabble-rousers and artists all grown up"

I don't need the East Village to be edgy in order to appreciate it, and I don't especially miss the pre-teen punks with purple hair (most recently replaced with Emo kids) that loiter around in the bars. The grunge of St. Marks Place has given way to sushi and Asian grocery stores – who saw that coming? – but I'm not crying. It makes it easier to notice that many of the brownstones in the East Village, though often dilapidated, were quite attractive originally. I love Cooper Union's sumptuous new building and spent a good two hours one day gawking at it from every angle. I love Yaffa Cafe's unapologetic sense of style, and the fact that they still give out free condoms. I love the touches of the Ukrainian presence that seems to be alive and well here, including Veselka and the Russian Sauna. Anthology Film Archives is still championing eccentric and experimental filmmakers, KGB is still doing damn good literary readings, and La Mama, NY Theater Workshop, PS 122, and several other off-off-venues are still putting on fantastic performances. So, as far as I'm concerned, the East Village is still what I need the East Village to be, minus some grunge, and plus a couple more zeroes added on to the average income of residents. The rabble-rousers and artists who bought into this neighborhood many years ago are still here, though they've all got kids now and pension plans. I'm okay with that; everyone needs a pension plan.
Pros
  • center of hip culture
  • fantastic bar and restaurant scene
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
Cons
  • loud bar scene
  • alphabet city is far from transport
  • more for singles than for families
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Practically completely gentrified - an offshoot of the East Village"

Fans of the Broadway show Rent are familiar with an Alphabet City of old - one in which poor artist-types lived amongst other low income residents (nowadays you have to travel to Brooklyn to find such a juxtaposition) - but these days this neighborhood almost completely blend in with the East Village. What you'll find today are streets lined with bars and restaurants, though Avenue D is still home to a large number of low income housing projects. This hardly seems to matter, though, and Alphabet City hardly seems to know that it is not the East Village.

Like the East Village, it's expensive to live here - at least on Avenues A and B, with Avenue C in still in a bit of a transitional mode. And knowing how this city likes to operate, I wouldn't be surprised if one day all of those low income homes were razed to the ground in favor of some luxury waterfront condos. So check back in a decade or so if that's what you are in the market for.
Pros
  • decent/inexpensive places to brunch
Cons
  • nightlife can get noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"A few highlights of the East Village"

There are thing I enjoy about the East Village and things that I just can't relate to. My absolute favorite thing about the area is the Indian restaurant on 1st ave, Panna II. The food is decent - though admittedly I tend to gravitate toward the veggie dishes - and the prices can't be beat. It's a great place for a get together with friends, as you can bring your own bottles of wine and you never end up spending too much money.

Another highlight of the area is the shopping on 9th street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, where the Ukrainian restaurant Veselka is also located. The East Village does not have the underground current of cool it used to carry; now mostly what you see are middle class New Yorkers who enjoy the good meals and pricey bars their neighborhood offers. However, it is certainly a nice neighborhood and is ideal strolling ground, especially during the warmer months.
Pros
  • a few good restaurants/bars
  • inexpensive nightlife scene
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
Cons
  • loud bar scene
  • crowded and busy especially around St Mark's Square
  • Not nearly as edgy as it wants to be
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Effortlessly Edgy"

The East Village which lies downtown on the East Side of Manhattan and extends from 14th Street to Houston Street and from Bowery Street to the East River . The real estate scenario of this vibrant and somewhat artsy neighborhood is dominated with old world walkups which are today slowly being replaced by the seemingly ubiquitous glass towers which are springing up all over the city. Located within the boundaries of the East Village are several distinct neighborhoods like Alphabet City, the Bowery and St Marks Place as well.

The vibe in the East Village is definitely ‘young and restless’ as this neighborhood which has long been associated various underground movements like the Punks and the Hippies continues to be favored by students, artists ,creative folk and young families who enjoy its unique ambiance and its relative affordability while compared to other neighborhoods in the city.

The East Village is also renowned as a dining locale in Manhattan as it is home to a plethora of diverse restaurant which can easily accommodate all kinds of budgets. Some of my personal favorites include the excellent Sri Lankan restaurant Sigiri( located between 5th and 6th streets and 1st avenue), the cheap and cheerful Lebanese joint Moustache( E10st between 1st Avenue and Avenue A), the divine Momofuku Noodle Bar( 10th Street and 1st Avenue) and the historic Veniero’s coffee house(E11th street between 1st and 2nd Avenue) which never fails to delight with its wide array of many mouth watering treats.
Pros
  • Very lively and vibrant at night
  • Artsy boutiques
  • center of hip culture
  • Cheap, great restaurants
  • fantastic bar and restaurant scene
  • Great bohemian legacy
  • legendary downtown music and theater venues
Cons
  • crowded and busy especially around St Mark's Square
  • Messy and dirty in certain areas
  • alphabet city is far from transport
  • loud bar scene
  • more for singles than for families
  • Noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Straddling the midpoint between gritty and gentrified, perfect for subculture-loving singles and day-trippers looking for a bit of edgy fun"

Gritty and grim, the East Village still carries with it today echoes of the rough red-light district portrayed in "Rent." While the countercultural scene today is more commercial than controversial, the East Village has nevertheless resisted to some degree the gentrification of its Western counterpart. Cheap Ukranian eateries - reflecting the demographic of the region - dot the landscape, among them the favored Veselka, one of the city's best-loved hipster hangouts for goulash and borscht, and the record stores around the dilapidated St. Mark's Place hold on to their grunge-rocker charm.

That's not to say the East Village is for everyone. Though by no means dangerous, the mohawked and metal-clad punks and goths making their way through shops like "Trash and Vaudeville" and into tattoo parlors are certainly a fixture of the landscape, and while they're more likely to be middle-class kids dressing up for the evening than bona fide drug addicts, older visitors might feel somewhat out of place for extended periods of time. That said, of course, the East Village boasts a thriving culinary scene, making it worthwhile for an evening excursion at least. Highlights include Holy Basil, a Thai eatery (with its more upscale sister, The Basil, located in Chelsea), Banjara, one of the city's best Indian restaurants, and the Moroccan Cafe Mogador.

The East Village is also the place for book shopping. The Strand, on Broadway and 11th Street, has - as it advertises - eighteen miles of books, many rare or at least very inexpensive. East Village Books has a smaller, but nevertheless charming selection. But be warned: carrying bags of hardcovers uptown is no fun at all!
Pros
  • Great bohemian legacy
  • Cheap, great restaurants
  • Artsy boutiques
Cons
  • Not nearly as edgy as it wants to be
  • Emo teenagers from Westchester
  • Noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
Uraniumfish
Uraniumfish I dunno--I wouldn't say the couple of Ukrainian places are indicative of any current demographic of the Village, they're just remnants of a previous era.
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"The East Village - The best part of NY"

In my opinion, the east village is the best part of New York. Last New Years, I rented out an apartment on 6th avenue for a week. The neighborhood is classic new york, lots of brown stone apartments. There are great places to eat, and I had some of the best mexican food i've ever eaten at a little restaurant on the corner of 6th Ave. The area is young and hip and has a lot of boutique shops and salons. The best part is that it is easily accessible by walking to greenwich village and to the big department stores on Wash Ave. There is a great amount of history in this borough, which is definitely palpable. One thing that would probably keep me from moving here are the prices. My one week studio rental was $500, and the girl who rented the studio normally was paying $1600 a month!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great place for young people"

This neighborhood is perfect for young people, plenty of neighborhood bars within walking distance. The transportation is also very convenient, close to the L train and Union Square. The only thing that bugs me is that the rent is just really expensive, you will have to pay a lot of money and get a tiny little room, but the location is really good I have to say. It's easy to do grocery shopping as well, Trader Joe's and few Japanese supermarkets are all within walking distance. And there's farmer's market at Union Square every weekend. I lived there for three months and I loved my place most of the time. All in all, I had a great time staying there, but I wouldn't live there forever.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Something for everyone in East Village"

East Village lies east of Greenwich Village and NoHo, and south of Stuyvesant Town. East Village is known for its striking architecture, hip and trendy cafés, museums, art galleries, and fashion boutiques.

On East 4th Street you will find Theatre Row, displaying buildings that house eight theaters and twelve plus dance companies, as well as a few other community groups. Here you will find the New York Theater Workshop and WOW Café Theater.

Home of East Village’s Nuyorican Poets Café – this place is wild! It has been going strong since 1973 and its mission has prevailed – to create a multicultural venue of poetry slams, open jam hip-hop, jazz, and occasional screenplay. Definitely worth a visit.

If you prefer to be outdoors, venture over to Tompkins Square Park, and shoot hoops on one of the many basketball courts. This beautiful park has something for everyone, including a weekly market, outdoor concerts and events, dog runs, and if you are lucky – an occasional brawl in the late evening hours.

While in New York City on vacation or business, stay at the ever so trendy Cooper Square Hotel (designed by architect Carlos Zapata) at 25 Cooper Square, or the charming Gem Hotel (within walking distance to SoHo).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Great for 20-something tourists on an average budget"

Greenwich Village is a great place to wander if you happen to be young and have a little money you want to get rid of. There are plenty of bars to hit up, and though they aren’t the trendy hipster bars you’ll find just a bit south of the East Village, they are still alright places to get sloshed (like, say, Mars bar).
For daylight shoppings, you absolutely must check out St. Marks Place – the street vendors offer inexpensive versions of style, and the street is pretty well stocked with t-shirt shops and places where you can get inexpensive skinny jeans. It may not be a place where you can stock up on high fashion, but it’s great for the hipster-wannabe on a budget.
4/5
2yrs+

"East Village - one of Manhattans most vibrant neighborhoods"

The East Village in Lower Manhattan is the epicenter of music, art, and “hipster” culturally currently enveloping New York City and youth culture. From the streets of the East Village, trends are born of every imaginable variety ranging from new food to new fashion to new slang.

The East Village since its inception has been a hub for musicians and artists of the most talented variety. Built atop the ruins from WWII, the East Village emerged in the 1960s as the perfect spot for “beatniks” and hippies to live “easy and free” and in a center of artistic expression. Soon thereafter, such artists as Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, artists such as Andy Warhol, and author of the musical RENT, the late Johnathon Larson, became staples of the neighborhood, working in such famous haunts as CBGB and Club 57. This neighborhood became a focal point in the experimental and performance theaters as well as the perfect location for the post-modern art scene.

Today, the East Village is still filled with great music and creative people, though the heart of the art scene has moved to Williamsburg, a neighborhood in the nearby borough of Brooklyn. It includes such famous neighborhoods named for streets throughout the neighborhood such as Alphabet City, Stuyvesant Town, Loisada, St. Mark’s Place, and The Bowery. Once famous simply for its high homeless population, this neighborhood is improving steadily in terms of safety and upkeep.

A great point of interest for many of the residents of the East Village is Tompkins Square Park, its answer to Central Park. In this space you’ll find many performance artists, as well as musicians and street vendors, and is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Dining and Entertainment are plentiful in the East Village, as well as an extremely vibrant nightlife scene. At night, this neighborhood is more catered to an artistic clientele, those truly interested in a more gritty New York experience.

Subway: F, V, 6 and L
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Best Streets in East Village

1

East 7 St

4/5
"Almost perfect East Village street"
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2

East 9th St

4/5
"The East Village is no longer just for kids."
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3

East 4 St

3.5/5
"a nice neighborhood feel"
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4

East 5 St

3.5/5
"Great place for students, unpretentious party-goers"
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5

East 3 St

3.5/5
"Lots of nightlife, people watching nearby"
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6

East 6 St

3.5/5
"Great East Village Street"
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7

East 2 St

3.5/5
"Lively Street"
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8

St Marks Pl

3.5/5
"Lively street that's fun for pretty much everyone"
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9

Avenue B

3.5/5
"Pretty good nightlife"
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10

Avenue A

3.5/5
"East Village Gem"
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