If Greenwich Village is famous for it’s cafes, Bod Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, the East Village can lay claimn to Charlie Parker and the Punk Rockers of NYC.
It’s boundaries are Houston St to 14th Street and East River to Fourth Ave. And within those boundaries it has the most bars in the whole City and numerous cafes and restaurants.
It has an incredible array of nightlife venues, a high level of retail diversity and more creative artists of evry kind than any other neighborhood in Manhattan.
It doesn’t have enough public schools but it has the famous Coopers Union, renowned for it’s engineering, architecture and art courses and also for its roll call of famous people who have speechified within its walls. Abraham launched his bid for the Presidency with an electrifying hours long speech at the Coopers Union.
The New York University owns a lot of properteries in the East Village which are mainly used to house students which can sometimes create some tension between rowdy students and more peaceable East Village residents, though most people enjoy the constant presence of energetic and colorful young people around the Village.
Housing is mainly 19th Century tenement style walkups and some brownstones. You will pay about $2000 a month for a studio apartment and upwards of $6,000 a month if you want something as big as a 4 bedroom place, not that there are a lot of them around. The bulk of the accommodation is studios, 1,2, and 3 bedroom places with the cost of rent increasing with the number of bedrooms.
It has some fantastic shops, check out the punk haven Trash & Vaudeville, and then there’s Tompkins Square Park which often gas Jazz at the weekends and of course the famous St Mark’s Place. To go to NYC and not check out the East Village will leave a big hole in your appreciation of what NYC has to offer.