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East Village

The East Village has so much history that it's hard to describe the neighborhood without referencing the resident authors, artists, and cultural gurus of years past. Today, the East Village is riddled with the country's youth. The average age of residents is late 20s -- NYU's dormitory problems are solved often here, and as Alphabet City (term used to describe the far east Village around Avenues A, B, C, and D) has become safer and more desirable, the rents have become appealing to people of all ages. With trendy bars and restaurants on every single corner, this neighborhood is a social centerpiece of downtown Manhattan. While there are a handful of major co-ops, new developments, and stately townhouses scattered throughout the area, the typical building and apartment here is a six story walkup with a tiny two bedroom for about $2,500 a month.

Historical Architecture

Until the 1960s, the eastern side of Manhattan, between 14th and Houston Streets, was simply the north side of the Lower East Side, which shared much of its immigrant, working class characteristics with the area below Houston Street. A shift began in the 1950s, with the migration of Beatniks into the neighborhood, and then hippies, musicians, and artists in the 1960s. The area was dubbed the "East Village" to dissociate it from the image of slums evoked by the Lower East Side name and to present the area as the new Greenwich Village, which had been popular with artists, but had become stodgy and middle class by then. Newcomers and real estate brokers popularized the East Village name, and the term was adopted by the popular media the by the mid-1960s. As the East Village developed a culture distinct from the rest of the Lower East Side, the two areas came to be seen as two separate neighborhoods, rather than the former being part of the latter. Over the last 100 years, the East Village/Lower East Side neighborhood has been considered one of the strongest contributors to American arts and culture in New York City. During the great wave of immigration (Germans, Ukrainians, and Polish) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, countless families found their new homes in this area. The East Village has also been home to cultural icons and movements from the American gangster to the Warhol Superstars, folk music to punk rock, anti-folk to hip hop, advanced education to organized activism, experimental theater to the Beat Generation. Club 57, on St. Mark's Place, was an important incubator for performance and visual art in the late 1970s and early 1980s, followed by 8BC as, during the 1980s, the East Village art gallery scene helped to galvanize modern art in America, with artists such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jeff Koons exhibiting. Though parts of this culture remain, many artists have relocated to Brooklyn in response to the rising prices and homogeneity that followed the neighborhood's gentrification. What's Next? Price declines, such as they were, are probably over. Schiller says the demand for larger apartments is increasing as families grow, and since there are no more blocks left to gentrify, shoppers must compete for what has already been fixed up. The eastern border of acceptability to young professionals and wealthy students will continue to move east as the subsidized housing and tenement housing in general becomes cleaner and of higher quality. Where today we see Tompkins Square Park as the eastern border of the neighborhood, Avenue D will soon be as safe and quality of a place to live as anywhere in the city. If a Second Avenue subway is ever built --WATCH OUT!



East Village Buildings
  Building min max avg
410 East 13th Street $0 $4295 $1327
432 East 13th Street $0 $3795 $561
94 East 4th Street $0 $5300 $2591
31 East 1st Street $0 $2275 $271
154 East 7th Street $0 $3095 $750
210 Avenue B $0 $0 $0
209 East 10th Street $0 $3725 $709
179 Avenue B $0 $0 $0
512 East 5th Street $0 $3775 $1434
516 East 5th Street $0 $3875 $1559
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