The East Village is an iconic Manhattan neighborhood popular with bohemians, artists and students. It’s a mecca for great food and nightlife, attracting young people in droves.
Known and loved for being the birthplace of punk rock, the East Village once was decidedly grungy. Long-time residents fondly remember when the neighborhood was cheap and seedy, but over the past couple of decades increasing numbers of NYU students and newcomers to the city have settled there, bringing with them a more mainstream vibe. Nevertheless you can always count on finding a glorious dive bar or a late-night slice. During the day, however, the neighborhood slows down and has a tranquil feel. Meander down a leafy side street and you'll happen upon plenty of prewar buildings and rusting fire escapes, which lend the East Village its old-fashioned charm.