East Village

Long celebrated as one of Manhattan’s most vibrant and creative neighborhoods, the East Village is a large area situated south of 14th Street, east of Broadway, and north of Houston Street, running all the way to the East River. Once the punk-rock companion to more serene Greenwich Village, gentrification has smoothed off a lot of the neighborhood’s edges, but not all of them. Still a destination for younger New Yorkers seeking nightlife, restaurants, and bars, the streets of the East Village are busy all night long. Not for those seeking tranquility or tameness, it’s nonetheless a fantastic spot to live if you want to be in the middle of Manhattan’s art, music, and food scenes.

13.7% of homes listed in the East Village neighborhood are studios, 42.0% are 1 bedrooms, 34.7% are 2 bedrooms, 7.0% are 3 bedrooms and 2.5% have 4 or more bedrooms.
The average listing price of a studio in the East Village neighborhood is $1,932,600, 1 bedrooms average $909,160, 2 bedrooms average $1,497,254, 3 bedrooms average $2,561,165, and larger homes average $6,388,213.
The average size of a studio in the East Village neighborhood is 1,725 square feet, 1 bedrooms average 472 sqft, 2 bedrooms average 862 sqft, 3 bedrooms average 1,499 sqft, and larger homes average 3,499 sqft.

Housing Stock

As a tenement neighborhood once home to Irish, Jewish, Italian, and Ukrainian immigrants, buildings in the East Village tend to be smaller than those farther north in Manhattan. Even compared to structures in older Greenwich and West Village, East Village homes feel compact, though many recent renovations ensure that all modern conveniences are available. If you’re looking to get the most square-footage for your dollar, this probably isn’t the place. But if you want a co-op or perhaps a condo that’s close to the action, this can be a great neighborhood. Prices naturally reflect the East Village’s status as a much-desired place to live, but there are deals to be found on lower floors, in walk-up buildings, and in those properties farther east.

Transportation

The East Village is served by two subway lines. The 6 train stops at Astor Place and Bleecker and Broadway on the western edge of the neighborhood, and the L train stops along 14th Street at Third Avenue and First Avenue on its way in and out of Manhattan. Of course, numerous bus lines supplement this service, and given the neighborhood’s 24/7 popularity, finding a car for hire is rarely a problem.

Schools

The East Village is served by several excellent public schools, including the East Village Community School, an elementary that earns a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10, and the East Side Community School, for students in grades 6-12, which earns a rating of 8 out of 10. The high school campus of the private Grace Church School is located right in Cooper Square, on the East Side of the neighborhood, and St. Brigid School and St. George Academy together provide students with a fine Catholic education from the nursery years to high school.

Parks

At the center of the East Village lies Tompkins Square Park, a 10.5-acre square of greenery with benches, walking paths, lawn space, and playing courts. Popular all year round with strollers, readers, and athletic types, Tompkins Square Park is a great place to catch a spell of quiet and a breath of fresh air in the middle of the compact, bustling East Village. The park also hosts utterly unique events like the Howl Festival celebrating Beat poet Alan Ginsburg, and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival every August. Several other parks, like the Dry Dock Playground and East River Park, give East Village residents other great options for getting outdoors.

Restaurants and Bars

An excellent neighborhood for eating and drinking out, East Village offerings run the gamut from high to low end, classic New York to global exotics. The Brindle Room, a cozy gastropub on E. 10th Street, serves a perennial contender for the best burger in Manhattan (and even in New York State). Bowls of steaming ramen at Momofuku noodle bar keep patrons coming in way past midnight. The offerings of oysters, seafood, and craft beer at Upstate may be limited in selection, but are uniformly excellent in quality. Dive bars abound in this neighborhood long home to struggling artists and radicals, but they aren’t the only option: tiny Amor y Amargo (it translates to “love and bitters”) on E. 6th Street serves up some of the most exquisite cocktails in New York.

Shopping

Like its residents, shopping in the East Village has leaned toward the artistic and funky, but is rapidly rising up the economic ladder. This is a great neighborhood for denim, records, books, hipster crafts, vintage clothes, and even some high-end boutiques. Obscura Antiques and Oddities is the place to find gifts for your off-kilter friends, and after perusing the eyewear at Fabulous Fanny’s, you might never be able to shop for it anywhere else. Unique streetwear and celebrity-approved vintage are available at Community 54 and Metropolis, respectively. And if all that shopping has you hungry for a home-cooked meal, the East Village has you covered with tons of grocery stores. There’s East Village Farm and Grocery, Union Market, a sizable Whole Foods location, and plenty more places to pick up milk, bread, and organic tofu.

Landmarks and Culture

A general rule of thumb: If it’s happening, it’s happening in the East Village. That might mean independent film at Village East Cinema (or the ‘hood’s two other theaters), live music acts large (Webster Hall) and small (Mercury Lounge, the Stone), literary readings at KGB, or outdoor public art events at Tompkins Square Park. The neighborhood is also home to a staggeringly fascinating history and all the landmarks and surprises that come with it. See, for example, the New York Marble Cemetery — the oldest public, non-sectarian burial ground in all of the city, enclosed by stone walls in a stand of normal-looking apartment buildings.