More than perhaps any other part of the city, the East Village typifies New York’s ever-changing energy. In the 80’s it was the center of the grunge and punk scenes, its streets vibrant but sometimes dangerous. In the 90’s came gentrification, though the youthful energy of the village was preserved even as drugs and crime were mostly eradicated. Now, the East Village is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and shops, as well as highly desirable real estate.
The revitalization of the neighborhood has progressed west to east, with ‘Alphabet City’ – consisting of Avenues A, B, C, and D, leading towards the East River – last to get ‘cleaned up,’ as it were. These days, as far east as Avenue C is refined and lovely, with far more cocktail bars than bodegas.
The character of the crowded blocks is, as ever, fun and boisterous; fashionable professionals, students of nearby NYU, and colorful longtime residents make up the infectious and distinctly quirky vibe of the East Village. Not for homebodies, this distinctly downtown neighborhood is ideal for experiencing New York CIty’s around-the-clock lifestyle.