The birthplace of Beatniks, counterculture and punk rock, the East Village maintains its diverse community while undergoing gentrification. On a typical weekday, college students swarm the streets of the East Village, the location of numerous dorms. The bustling vendors of St. Marks Place sell anything from wigs to ramen in the shadow of large developments and condo buildings. Moving further east, Alphabet City and the Bowery’s hip boutiques and restaurants attract an artistic crowd. On a typical night, young adults populate the East Village’s bars, concerts, clubs and comedy shows- the local college students usually populate the entrances, trying to get in. Despite the growing presence of developments and university buildings, the East Village is defined by the diversity and activity of its people and destinations.
Check out StreetEasy’s tour of the East Village led by international travel guide, Sonia Gil. From aging rockers to new shops and upscale cafes, there’s a lot going on on the blocks surrounding Tompkins Square Park these days.
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