Those looking to move here tend to be young, college educated (or in college thanks to neighboring NYU and The New School), socially active, and upwardly mobile. Thanks in part of New York City’s Landmark and Preservation Society, many of the 6-story walk-up buildings cannot be torn down or redeveloped. but offer the charm and sophistication many new buildings cannot. New York is a city of exceptions, but I would recommend this neighborhood to someone who is new to the city, younger, and socially active. If you are looking for a quiet neighborhood, don’t move here. AM New York, voted the East Village as the city’s loudest neighborhood. That can be attributed to the plethora of bars, restaurants, and young people living in the area.
1. Tompkins Square Park (10th and Ave A) – This park has quickly become one of my favorite areas in the EV. Bars and restaurants line the west side, while beautiful brownstones line the north side. The park itself is home to huge elm trees (random, but beautiful), is a little less crowded than nearby Washington Square Park, and is a great place to people watch.
2. Big Gay Ice Cream (7th b/t 1st and A) – A new addition to the neighborhood, New Yorkers from near and far flock to this small little shop throughout the entire year. The name is as bold and delicious as the ice cream itself. Be prepared to wait in line (it is worth it), especially on a hot summer’s day.
3. Astor Place (St. Marks and Lafayette Street) – A more corporate-esque part of the East Village. Nearby St. Marks is a gateway for amazing bars, restaurants, and people watching, while this part of the neighborhood is an epicenter for J.Crew, Facebook (coming soon) and a MASSIVE Starbucks.
4. Yoga To The People (St. Marks b/t 3rd and 2nd) – Possibly one of the East Village’s (and New York’s) coolest assets. This studio, located on St. Marks Street, “provides pay what you can” yoga classes. Rich,, poor, young, old, all head to these hour long classes. I recommend heading there at night for a candle lit class.
5. Pomme Frites (2nd Avenue b/t 7th and 8th) – My favorite late night hot spot. Like Big Gay Ice Cream, you will have to brave the crowds, but the wait is well worth it. These hole in the wall restaurant tantalizes diners with a ton of different dipping sauces. The fresh, made to order, french fries are served hot, fast, and ready to go. Don’t hesitate to try a free sample to help make up your mind.