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There are plenty of terrific East Village apartments for rent, and, given recent--though compared to much of New York City, relatively minor-- development, even some luxury East Village condos for sale. But this is no longer the bargain East Village neighborhood it was in the 1960s, '70s and into the mid '80s. Like most of downtown Manhattan, the East Village neighborhood has cleaned up its act over the past couple of decades. This area has evolved into one of the hottest spots for NY apartments, from a once-gritty, downtrodden area filled with, first, hippies, and then punks (and, always, artists). Now a vibrant community of families and young professionals, the East Village continues to carry on the essential character of the neighborhood-tolerant, creative, independent, and activist --while leaving behind the less appealing aspects to its somewhat sordid past. East Village is bounded by 14th and Houston Streets to the north and south, and Fourth Avenue and Avenue D to the east and west. The East Village includes the mini-neighborhoods of Alphabet City (Avenues A, B, C, and D) and The Bowery, once a tenement neighborhood where one can now find $22 burgers. Contemporary, full-amenity East Village buildings such as the new Avalon Bowery Place have sprung up in recent years, but most of the available East Village apartments are in renovated low-rise tenement-style buildings and townhouses. East Village residents have enjoyed the spruced-up and redesigned Tompkins Square Park --once home to a vast squatters camp, now featuring a state-of-the-art playground and a swimming pool. Avenue A hosts an abundance of outstanding, reasonably-priced restaurants to go with all the great old coffee shops and falafal joints in the rest of the East Village. David Chang's Momofuku mini-empire of two- and three-star restaurants, which includes Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar, Milk Bar and Ko, is the most obvious example of the new East Village, grown up and a little more serious, but still totally rock-and-roll. Other first-rate eateries include the Redhead (try the fried chicken); Gabriel Hamilton's beloved, funky, and delicious Prune; Daniel Boulud's hopping DBGB (the house-made sausages are spectacular); Ippudo, where you can slurp the best ramen in all of New York City; and the lovely, farmers-market driven / Italian-influenced Hearth. East Village apartments also share their turf with the tattoo parlors and t-shirt shops on the raucous St. Marks Place, as well as a heavy concentration of bars and clubs catering to all types of revelers, up and down Second and First Avenue. Throw in several NYU dorms, experimental theaters and movie houses, plenty of radical politics, the Cooper Union, and the oldest continuously operating saloon in the New York City, and you have an undeniably lively neighborhood that's also fiercely protective of its core community.

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  • East Side Comm Hs
  • Learning Project
  • Ps 15 Roberto Clemente School
  • Ps 19 Asher Levy School
  • Ps 34 Franklin D. Roosevelt S
  • Ps 61 Anna Howard Shaw School
  • Ps 63 William Mckinley School
  • Ps 64 Robert Simon School


  • 11 Bc Serenity Garden
  • 5Th St Slope Garden
  • 6Bc Botanical Garden
  • 6Th St And Ave B Community Garden
  • 9Th St Community Garden Park
  • Abe Lebewohl Park
  • Abe Lebewohl Triangle
  • Allied Productions/le Petit Versailles
  • Brisas Del Caribe
  • Campos Garden
  • Children's Garden
  • Community Garden Association
  • De Colores Community Yard And Cultural Center
  • Dias Y Flores
  • Dry Dock Playground
  • Earth People
  • El Jardin Del Paraiso Park
  • El Sol Brilliante Jr
  • Firemen's Memorial Garden
  • Generation X
  • Green Oasis And Gilbert's Garden
  • Gustave Hartman Square
  • Hope Garden
  • Joseph C. Sauer Park
  • Kenkeleba House
  • La Plaza Cultural
  • Los Amigos Garden
  • Lower East Side Ecology Center
  • Mckinley Playground
  • Miracle Garden
  • Open Road Park
  • Orchard Alley Garden
  • Peachtree Garden
  • Peretz Square
  • The Creative Little Garden
  • The Secret Garden
  • Tompkins Square Park
  • Urban Botanical Soc./sam And Sadie Koenig Garden
  • Vamos Sembrar
  • Wald Playground
  • Yu Suen Garden

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