New York City’s East Village is a neighborhood that hums with action around the clock! It is vibrant and eclectic, with a diversity of residents and businesses. You’ll find a fantastic variety of ethnic restaurants, trendy watering holes, and popular hangouts including the landmark Nuyorican Poet’s Café. The locals agree it is a fun exciting place to live.
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The East Village borders the East River and abuts Greenwich Village to the west. It lies between Gramercy Park to the north and Houston Street to the south – mostly in the 10009 ZIP code. Almost two thirds of the East Village falls within Alphabet City, named for its Avenues A, B, C, and D, which are the only avenues in Manhattan to have single letter names.
The area was once considered part of the Lower East Side. However, in the 1950s and ‘60s, an influx of musicians, artists, and students gave it its own personality and identity. Even though it has been gentrified in recent decades, it still maintains a vibe of its own that draws young professionals, singles, families, and students alike.
Tompkins Square Park in Alphabet City is the recreational heart of the East Village. It covers more than 10 acres and was recently upgraded with improved walkways and children’s playgrounds. The Tompkins Square dog run, one of the first in New York City, is a favorite gathering spot for local pet owners. You’ll also find chess tables, a handball court, basketball court, and the best people-watching for miles around!
The neighborhood hosts several festivals throughout the year. Don’t miss the the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in August, the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in October, and the Dance Parade each summer.