Once considered part of the Lower East Side, the East Village has emerged with a distinctive personality of its own. Generally recognized as the section of the city between 3rd Avenue and the East River, north of Houston and south of 14th Street, the East Village has had a mixed legacy over the years—originally as an enclave for New York’s elite, then as a site of tenement developments for the waves of incoming immigrants, then eventually as a haven for artists, poets, punk rockers and other members of the counterculture. Today, the East Village has the reputation of being one of NYC’s trendiest neighborhoods, retaining a bit of its edginess while leaning ever more toward an upscale vibe.
Bustling with activity, the East Village has become known as one of Manhattan’s “foodie” hotspots, and you notice the difference in the wide array of interesting dining options throughout the neighborhood. You’ll also find one-of-a-kind boutiques, antique stores, vintage clothing and record stores, art galleries and trendy bars. Enjoy the green spaces of Tompkins Square Park and along the banks of the East River, sing karaoke on St. Mark’s Place, or catch an off-Broadway shows at one of the neighborhood’s numerous converted theaters.
Home options in the East Village range from historic to modern, from no-frills to luxurious. Classic pre-war walkups are still in abundance, but a growing number of luxury condos are beginning to dot the landscape, as well. The neighborhood is known for its busy nightlife, but things get a little quieter as you head east toward the river.