Houston Street North to East 14th Street. East of 5th Avenue.
Nearby Subways 4, 5, 6, F, L, B, D, F, Q
During the 19th century, millionaires like the Astors and Vanderbilts had homes in East Village, but the waves of Irish, German, Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian immigrants who flooded into New York City in the 1900s soon displaced the elite, who moved uptown.
Since then, the area has been home to the Beat generation of the 1950s, hippies in the 1960s, and punks in the late 1970s and 1980s.
The East Village is still a distinctive neighborhood, once one of the grittiest in New York City. In the last few years it is now a more mainstream area filled with beautiful apartments, many with outdoor spaces. Downtown bars line Second and First Avenues and Avenues A and B. Even as far east as Avenue C are some noteworthy lounges and nightspots. More and more funky designers are opening boutiques here and St. Mark Place is famous for its “punk rock” feel. East 6th Street is famous for its row of affordable and authentic Indian restaurants. Once filled with homeless, Tompkins Square Park is a now cleaner and more upscale place to sit and watch passersby.
A great place to live if you are seeking the trend-setting street life, still just a bit rough around the edges but with many reasonably priced, run and gamut-running places to eat, drink and shop.