East Village is a neighborhood in Downtown Manhattan located east of Bowery and Third Avenue between 14th Street and Houston Street. Until the mid-1960s, the area was simply viewed as being part of the Lower East Side with a community of working-class immigrants. The East Village has developed into a diverse community with a vibrant nightlife and artistic sensibility.
East Village Street View
East Village is known for its diverse community of students, artists, and musicians and can be said to be the birthplace of major artistic movements in New York. The multicultural characteristic can easily be seen in the neighborhood’s most famous street, St. Mark’s Place (8th street) , that features a wide variety of commercial stores and restaurants.
St. Mark’s Place
East Village’s diverse culture has effected the numerous vintage and second-hand clothing stores in the area. Each antique shop’s unique and interesting items makes the East Village a fun treasure hunting spot. Obscura Antiques & Oddities is one of the antique shops with quirky furniture and artwork. Besides shopping, Tompkins Square Park is a popular park which hosts outdoor festivals and Jazz performances on occasion.
Obscura Antiques & Oddities Vintage stores
Tompkins Square Park
Sunrise Mart is a Japanese supermarket and community center located in the East Village. With reasonable pricing, they sell fresh Asian food products such as Tofu, Natto, lunch boxes, other Japanese grocery, and cosmetic products. A bulletin board inside the store serves for information exchange among the Japanese community also. East Village is also popular for affordable dining. The surrounding streets are lined with numerous restaurants and bars serving creative cuisines.
While East Village is proud of its diverse culture, Japanese eateries have dominated St.Mark Place. Fresh made Japanese bread and sweets can be found at Panya Bakery at a reasonable price. Japanese Izakaya and noodle places such as Village Yokocho and Soba-Ya are local favorites.
Village Yokocho & Soba-Ya
Veniero’s Pastry is a local favorite for Italian bread and pastries since 1894, famous for its traditional Italian confections including one of the popular New York staples, cheesecakes.
East Village has several subway choices. The F train is at First Avenue and the 4, 5 and 6 subway lines are accessible. The N and R trains run by Broadway along the western edge of the neighborhood, stopping at 8th Street NYU near Astor Place. City buses run regularly on the avenues as well.
Subway: F to Second Ave. | L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to Union Sq. | L to First Ave. | L to Third Ave. | 6 to Astor Pl. | R,W to 8th St.-NYU |6 to Bleecker St. |B,D,F,M to B’way-Lafayette St.
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