East Village
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The East Village is located to the north of Houston and to the south of 14th Street. Typical buildings in this neighborhood are a bit on the small side and are mostly older walk-up types. The East Village is known as more of a bohemian neighborhood than the West Village is. A good deal of the retail stores in the neighborhood have to do with the arts, mainly music and painting. St. Marks Place and Second Avenue is considered to be the main drag, as it were.

A popular sub-set of the East Village is known as Alphabet City. It got that name as a result of its location between Avenues A through D. Basically, Alphabet City is just like East Village, only it's a bit less expensive to live there. Most of the apartments that you can find there are relatively moderate in size and in price, but then again, the East Village is one of the most affordable, yet still livable, neighborhoods in the city.

Located right in the middle of East Village is Tompkins Square Park which has a varied and rich history dating back to the early 1870's and has been known to be a hangout for anarchists of all ilk's. Originally built up by and for German immigrants in the late 19th century, it was later taken over by other Eastern Europeans after the Germans moved uptown. Beginning in the 50s and early 60s, many Latinos started moving into the neighborhood and then the artists and beatniks, hippies and bikers (NYC chapter of The Hell's Angels), the punk rockers and most recently the yuppies (the latter rapidly becoming the dominant group) came to take over.

The so-called 'main drag' of the East Village is on St. Mark's Place between Second and Third Avenues, which is where the epicenter of hippiedom was in the mid to late 1960's. It was the site of one of NYC's largest discotheques, The Electric Circus, from that early period when they were first becoming popular. The street is chock full of boutiques and cafes which in the '60's housed jazz clubs where legends such as Ornette Coleman and Thelonius Monk performed regularly.
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COMMUTE TIMES
Columbus Circle 24m by train, 18m by taxi
Grand Central 22m by train, 13m by taxi
Union Square 12m by train, 8m by taxi
Wall Street 27m by train, 10m by taxi