East Village, New York City

East Village is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Its boundary to the north is Gramercy Park and Stuyvesant Town, to the south by the Lower East Side, and to the east by the East River. Generally, although definitions vary on the neighborhood's exact street boundaries, the East Village is considered to be the area east of Broadway to the East River, between 14th Street and Houston Street.The area was once generally considered to be part of the Lower East Side, but began to develop its own identity and culture in the late 1960s, when many artists, musicians, students and hippies began to move into the area, attracted by cheap rents and the base of Beatniks who had lived there since the 1950s. The neighborhood has become a center of the counterculture in New York, and is known as the birthplace and historical home of many artistic movements, including punk rock and the Nuyorican literary movement. It has also been the site of protests and riots.
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  • I spent 1 evening in this neighbourhood and thought it was great. It is a hip, vibrant area, with many good bars and restaurants. It is also a fairly pretty area, in parts, and it was pleasant to stro...  more »
  • East village houses bit old buildings, restaurants, and shopping outlets. This place is good for strolling. Bit dirty in comparison with other neighborhood.  more »
  • because many of the musicians with whom I grew up have started here to play but more on that later. The East Village is the area of the 4th Avenue and the East River and between East 14th Street and East Houston Street. It is not very large, only a few blocks in any direction. End of the 60ties of 20th century the image that you had previously made by the East Village changed the heavily Jewish and Russian/Ukrainian population slowly disappeared. The "Beatnix', which had cultural production of at that time discovered the area as a cheap residential alternative to the West Village and Chelsea. From this arose an alternative cultural scene, which is not only limited to music and Visual Arts but all forms of expression. The punk rock began its triumphal March here, but also well known bands like the stones, the who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd began their US career and others at the Fillmore East, which was housed in an old Yiddish Theater. Later, there was even the CBGBs, here sizes occurred such as Madonna, Patti Smith, Blondie, the Ramones, Sonic Youth and many others before they were known. The East Village also has a very good food culture. There are beautiful tours, ...auch free.
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