The East Village NYC


The East Village, which extends between 14th Street and Houston Street, from Broadway east to First Avenue and beyond to Alphabet City - avenues A, B, C, and D - is where the city's real Bohemia has gone.
Once, flower children tripped along St. Mark's Place and listened to music at the Fillmore East; now the East Village is a fascinating mix of affordable ethnic and trendy restaurants, upstart clothing designers and kitschy boutiques, punk-rock clubs (yep, still) and folk cafes, all of which give the neighborhood a youthful vibe.
A half-dozen Off-Broadway theaters also call this place home.

The gentrification that has swept the city has made a huge impact on the East Village, but there's still a seedy element that some of you won't find appealing. Now yuppies and other ladder-climbing types make their homes alongside old-world Russian immigrants who have lived in the neighborhood forever, and the cross-dressers and squatters who settled here in between.
The neighborhood still embraces great ethnic diversity, with strong elements of its Ukrainian and Irish heritage, while more recent immigrants have taken over Sixth Street between First and Second avenues, turning it into a haven of cheap eats known as Little India.

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The East Village isn't very accessible by subway; unless you're traveling along 14th Street (the L line will drop you off at Third and First aves.), your best bet is to take the N, R to 8th Street or the 6 to Astor Place and walk east.
Until 1998 or so, Alphabet City resisted gentrification and remained a haven of drug dealers and other unsavory types.
No more. Bolstered by a major real estate boom, this way-east area of the East Village has blossomed, especially among New York's young Internet industry techies, who have a few bucks to spend.
French bistros and smart shops are popping up on every corner. Nevertheless, the neighborhood can get deserted late at night since it's generally the province of locals and so far off the subway line, so know where you're going if you venture out here.

The southwestern section of the East Village, around Broadway and Lafayette between Bleecker and 4th streets, is called NoHo (for North of Houston), and has a completely different character. 


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As you might have guessed from its name, this area has developed much more like its neighbor to the south, SoHo.
Here you'll find a crop of trendy lounges, stylish restaurants, cutting-edge designers, and upscale antiques shops.
NoHo is wonderful fun to browse; the Bleecker Street stop on the no. 6 line will land you right in the heart of it, and the Broadway/Lafayette stop on B, D, F, Q lines will drop you right at its edge.

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