Location: The East Village, in its modern definition, means everything east of Astor Place, south of 14th street and north of Houston Street. People used to make a distinction between the East Village and the Alphabet City (Avenues A,B,C and D), but that practice is almost extinct now, thanks in no small part to the booming real estate market.
Character: Formerly the seedy punk rock mecca, the East Village has significantly gentrified since the 1990s/early 2000s. As sad as it is to lose iconic venues and quirky shops, it should also be said that as a result of this gentrification, the neighborhood is much safer, the apartments and building façades are getting upgrades, and outdoor cafes are sprouting up all over. And, despite the rising prices, the area still retains its "artsy" feel.
Demographics: The population stands at about 50,000. Since the 1990s, the area's mix has been slowly shifting from the young and artsy to the gainfully employed. Some older home owners left over from the punk/artsy era of the 70s and 80s are still living in the neighborhood, which creates an amazing creative vibe spanning two-three generations. The eastern frontiers of the neighborhood (Avenue D) prominently feature housing projects inhabited by low-income families.
Apartments & Real Estate
The East Village was once famed for cheap apartments (usually in sixth and seventh floor walk-ups and the like). If you have the endurance, and the good fortune to have found such a place, it is highly worth the rent break, since apartments in walk-up buildings that are higher up tend to be cheaper. The deals have become rare nowadays, however.
Selected Rental Buildings
See all East Village Rental Apartment Buildings (336 buildings)
Selected No-Fee Rental Listings
See all East Village No-Fee Rental Apartments (106 total)
Condo & Co-op Buildings
See all East Village Condo Apartment Buildings (34 buildings)
See our list of East Village Co-op Apartment Buildings (19 buildings)
Major Streets Crossing the Neighborhood
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 Village and Central Village ) Village and its artsy community than with immigrants living on the Lower East Side.
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