East Village Guide
The East Village is one of New York City’s most iconic and artistic neighborhoods, as well as home to vibrant Russian, Jewish, and Ukrainian communities. The neighborhood was the epicenter of the Beatnik movement and Nuyorican writing and poetry. In the 1960s, the East Village became a haven for artists, writers, musicians, and students, all of whom shaped the neighborhood’s character for decades to come.
New York University’s main campus is centered around nearby Greenwich Village, but many NYU students and classmates from other New York schools populate the East Village. St. Mark’s Place, a block buzzing with energy at all hours, attracts young people with tasty restaurants, novelty shops, yoga studios, tattoo parlors, and bars.
The East Village’s creative scene fostered the growth of punk rock music in the 1970s. Venues like CBGB, the Fillmore East, and Club 57 now household names, served as the stage for artists like The Ramones, Patti Smith, and Blondie to make names for themselves. While that scene is no longer a fixture in the neighborhood, you can still catch creative endeavors like live music, poetry readings, and off-off-Broadway performances.
While increasing rent prices have led to a surge in a wealthier crowd of residents, the East Village has maintained its reputation for quirkiness and for having an artistic spirit. You’ll find great bars around every corner, along with a fantastic food scene. (Top-notch ramen, dumplings, and Ukrainian food are the name of the game around here.)
No matter which creative pursuit most calls your name, you’re likely to find some form of it in the East Village. The Strand book store, known for its 18 miles of books, is a great way to get your literary fix. Fashion lovers can dip into thrift shops for excellent vintage clothes. Poets can find their scene at the Bowery Poetry Club and the Nuyorican Poets Café. All in all, the East Village has a little something for everyone.
What To See In The East Village
- Tompkins Square Park
- Union Square Park
- St. Mark’s Place
- Bowery Poetry Club
- Nuyorican Poets Café
- Strand Bookstore
- Ukrainian Museum