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East Village

East Village

Known as a home to the Beat Generation and the birthplace of punk rock, the East Village retains its ultra-hip, artistic image to this day. Bounded by the East River and the Bowery, from 14th Street to Houston Street, the East Village includes storied "Alphabet City," once the archetypical crime-ridden neighborhood of New York. Today, the East Village has shunned its gritty past to become a beloved "Old New York" enclave that attracts a vibrant mix of youthful newcomers and lifelong city dwellers.

Now in the early stages of gentrification, East Village housing includes a large number of older tenement buildings, mostly devoted to rental use. Many "pre-law" buildings - those erected prior to the Tenement House Act of 1901 - feature retail spaces on the ground floor, giving East Village streets their lively character, lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Some pre-war co-ops and new development condos can also be found in this evolving district.

Life in the East Village caters to an energetic crowd with decades-old dive bars standing shoulder to shoulder with new, avant-garde restaurants and boutiques. The area's artistic traditions live on in the experimental theaters and poetry venues found throughout the neighborhood.



Neighborhood Highlights

  • A site of public protests since its inception, ten-acre Tompkins Square Park boasts a dog run, playgrounds, seasonal greenmarket, ball fields and a rich calendar of annual events.

  • The location of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery has been a center of Christian worship for more than 350 years. Today, St. Mark's is an Episcopal church and site of notable arts gatherings and community events.

  • John V. Lindsey East River Park runs along the eastern edge of the East Village and Lower East Side offering a running track, ball fields, tennis courts and more within its 57-acre expanse.

  • McSorley's Old Ale House , founded in 1854, is the city's oldest continuously operating saloon.

  • Built in 1886, landmarked Webster Hall began as a hall for hire and is now known for its exciting concert lineup.



East Village Area Map

 
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