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East Village

New York, NY

The East Village has been a center of cultural impact since the days when its buildings were flanked by dirt roads. East Village sits with Gramercy Park and Stuyvesant Town to the north, Greenwich Village to the west and the Lower East Side to the south. This vibrant neighborhood finds its place in New York City as a central location for the arts, known for its resident artists, dive bars and hipster cool. The neighborhood's flavor developed in the 1960s, thanks to the low cost of rent and the presence of the Beatniks, who began moving there during the 1950s. It remains a bastion of counterculture, credited as the birthplace and home of a range of cultural and artistic movements, including Punk Rock and Pop Art.

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Rent Trends

As of September 2018, the average apartment rent in East Village is $2,530 for a studio, $2,985 for one bedroom, $3,802 for two bedrooms, and $4,815 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in East Village has increased by 2.3% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 405 $2,530
1 BR 495 $2,985
2 BR 693 $3,802
3 BR 888 $4,815

Ratings

100 Walk Score® Walker's Paradise
100 Transit Score® Rider's Paradise
90 Bike Score® Biker's Paradise

Living in East Village

  • Parks

    The only notable park to be found within the East Village is Tompkins Square Park, but locals certainly make the most of what's available. This popular hangout spot hosts a variety of events, such as an outdoor drag festival called Wigstock, The Howl Festival and a Charlie Parker Jazz festival.

    Tompkins Park attracts locals to its weekly market, as well as music events, dog runs or jogging paths for exercise aficionados. The park also features chess tables, a handball court, a basketball court and two playgrounds for the kids or young at heart.

  • Shopping

    Most of the shopping opportunities in the East Village cater to the artistic and counterculture demographic, with everything from upscale menswear to rare vintage and even a few unexpected oddities scattered throughout the area.

    You might like to drop into Obscura Antiques and Oddities on Avenue A, for example, which boasts a wide assortment of goods ranging from odd to macabre. Fabulous Fanny’s meanwhile specializes in unique and vintage eyewear. If eyewear isn’t your thing, Fabulous Fanny’s also has an extensive vintage clothing and accessories collection for men and women.

    Grocery options include the East Village Farm & Grocery on 2nd Avenue, Key Food Supermarket on Avenue A and Commodities Natural Market on 1st Avenue. Find farmer's markets at the Tompkins Square Greenmarket on Avenue A or St. Mark's Church Greenmarket on East 10th Street and 2nd Avenue.

  • Cost

    Living anywhere in or around New York City is pricey, and The East Village does not fall outside this norm. Real estate in the area tends toward the predictably high, but with a bit of determination there will always be an option to suit your budget. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the East Village trends at around $2,700 per month without a doorman, or $4,450 with one. The East Village is one of the most expensive places to live in the nation. Prices in general can be around double the national average and over 15 percent higher than the average for New York City.

  • Transportation

    As a suburb of one of the busiest cities on the planet, it's no surprise to find the streets of East Village packed with traffic, whether in cars, on bicycles or on foot. Fortunately, there is no shortage of public transportation.

    You'll find multiple subway stops and public bus routes, while the iconic yellow taxi cab is readily available to get you from point A to point B and residents often make use of Uber on their smart phones. Infrastructure for bicycle riders has begun to flourish, while most locations in this compact area are reachable on foot.

    Parking is neither cheap nor easy, as the neighborhood was not designed for automobiles. Expect to pay around $3 per hour to park on the streets or choose from one of the relatively affordable parking garages around the area, which can range from $13 to 20 per reservation. Highway access can be found through the Joe DiMaggio Highway.

  • History

    The area known as the East Village was largely agricultural until the 19th century, when chunks of land were sold to speculators. In the 1840s, Irish and German immigrants began to settle there, lured by the multi-unit dwellings.

    The East Village was considered to be a part of the Lower East Side until it became associated with the Beatniks. These were followed by hippies, artists and musicians. The area eventually became known as East Village to separate it from the poor conditions in the rest of the Lower East Side.

    To this day, the East Village is a favored locale for artists, authors and musicians, home to notable figures including Ryan Adams, Darren Aronofsky, Iggy Pop and Lady Gaga. Museums include the New Museum on Bowery and the Merchant's House Museum on East 14th, and locals flock to the annual Howl Festival and Village Halloween Parade.

  • Restaurants

    There are plenty of places to eat and be entertained throughout the East Village. Out-of-the-ordinary but affordable venues dot the area, including cheap eateries, artsy hangouts and cafes for poets.

    Named after its signature entree, Artichoke Basille's Pizza on East 14th Street has expanded into a small chain of pizzerias boasting an unusual range of toppings, such as crab and artichoke. When seeking Asian cuisine, Han Dynasty on 3rd Avenue provides generous portions of noodles with a helpful guide to spice level included on the menu. This popular destination fills up fast in the evenings, so expect a short wait for your table.

    A brief stroll away, Mimi Cheng's Dumplings features homemade recipes passed down from the owners' mother. Enjoy pan-fried or broiled pockets stuffed with fillings, including pork, chicken or egg, all topped with a secret sauce. Six of these set you back just $8, or get eight for $10.

    Once you've eaten your fill, enjoy nightlife options to suit all tastes, from LGBT clubs to whiskey bars. Bar-hoppers patronize unique establishments such as "secret" bar Please Don't Tell on St. Marks Place. The entrance to the bar, also referred to as PDT, hides behind an old phone booth within Crif Dogs. Pick up the phone and the hostess lets you in through the back panel. Once inside, enjoy creative cocktails while admiring the old-fashioned decor and taxidermy.

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Apartments for Rent in East Village, New York, NY

The East Village has been a center of cultural impact since the days when its buildings were flanked by dirt roads. East Village sits with Gramercy Park and Stuyvesant Town to the north, Greenwich Village to the west and the Lower East Side to the south. This vibrant neighborhood finds its place in New York City as a central location for the arts, known for its resident artists, dive bars and hipster cool. The neighborhood's flavor developed in the 1960s, thanks to the low cost of rent and the presence of the Beatniks, who began moving there during the 1950s. It remains a bastion of counterculture, credited as the birthplace and home of a range of cultural and artistic movements, including Punk Rock and Pop Art.

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