Travel Guide

Manhattan, New York City 


East Village


East Village is another neighborhood in Downtown Manhattan, located east of Greenwich Village and north of the Lower East Side neighborhood. The neighborhood was once home for many German and Irish immigrants during the mid-19th century and Ukrainians and Poles during the later part of the 19th-century. Present day East Village developed during the 1960s and 1970s when it attracted artists, musicians, writers, and the counterculture movement. East Village was also the birthplace of punk music, during the early 1970s, though some say it was Greenwich Village.

The Neighborhood
Gentrification of East Village began in the 1980s, transforming the area into a middle-class neighborhood. Today, East Village is occupied by many students from New York University and young urban professionals.
The heart of the neighborhood is St. Mark's Place (between Third Avenue and Avenue A) and occupied by shops, bars, restaurants, and cafes. There are plenty of mid-priced eateries at St. Mark's Place as well as ethnic restaurants including Italian, Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese.

East Village, New York City

East Village by Beyond My Ken

See & Do
The Public Theater together with the adjoining Joe's Pub at Lafayette Street are popular venues in East Village for plays, musicals, and music performances. Tompkins Square Park is small park in the neighborhood and the venue for the free outdoor French Film Festival held every Friday in June and July. A larger park is the East River Park and
a pleasant place for a stroll while offering a scenic view of Brooklyn's shoreline. Nearby is the Williamsburg Bridge, which connects Manhattan's East Side with Brooklyn.

Whole Foods Market in East Village, New York City

Whole Foods Market in East Village by David Shankbone


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