Hello East Village
Record stores and secondhand bookshops, trendy cocktail joints and dingy dive bars, live punk music and side-splittingly funny comedy nights, cheap slices of pizza and refined Asian cuisine – the East Village has more than enough to keep even the most discerning of travelers giddily content during their stay in New York. What perhaps makes the East Village so uniquely refreshing and vibrant is that the onset of gentrification has added to and not displaced the neighborhood’s punk-rock reputation. Vintage clothing stores sit happily alongside the larger, branded chain stores around St Mark’s Place – the best place to kick off any exploration of the neighborhood – while the ratio of swanky cocktail joints to rough and ready dive bars remains evenly poised to this day. Niche attractions including the Ukrainian Museum and poetry recitals in St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery provide unhurried alternatives to the city’s larger, more crowded museums and art galleries, while at night the East Village explodes into life as New Yorkers descend on the area for one of the best night’s out in the city.