The East Village is one of the most unique neighborhoods in the City. The East Village means everything east of Lafayette / Fourth Avenue, south of 14th street and north of Houston Street. The distinction between the East Village and Alphabet City (Avenues A,B,C and D) has all but disappeared as these have merged thanks to the booming real estate market.
Most buildings in the East Village are 5 or 6 story walkup apartments or studios. The space crunch of the past several years facilitated major renovations in many of these quaint buildings.
The name is derived from the East Village’s “parent neighborhood” called “Greenwich Village”. Originally, the area was considered part of the Lower East Side, but since the 50’s, when artists, writers and bohemians started their slow migration east in search of cheaper rent, the neighborhood has been associated more with Greenwich (West and Central) Village and its artsy community than with immigrants living on the Lower East Side.
East Villagers are on the whole younger than other New Yorkers - about half are in their 20»s and 30’s. Residents are students, artists, “creative professionals”, musicians, actors, writers and so on.
The East Village is pleasant, fun and fashionable, with the beautiful Tompkins Park providing a sense of relaxation from the busy city life. The East Village is a great place to choose your next residence and make it your real home.