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East Village Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Learn about what makes the East Village one of the hottest spots in New York City. Get your complete guide to the best restaurants, schools, and housing in the area. Find out on how you can get around and just how safe the East Village really is.
Manhattan Streets, Photo by Tobias Zils
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
6.4 Overall
Average Rent Prices 5
Public transportation 7
Schools 7
Lifestyle 9
Crime 4

Grungy dive bars, old-school record stores, amazing restaurants, and a lively nightlife make the East Village the perfect mixture of laid-back, fun and stylish.

In this East Village neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

Located north of Houston St, south of 14th St, and east of the Bowery and Third Avenue, The East Village, was formally considered a part of the Lower East Side.

It is the historical home to the many counterculture artistic movements including punk rock and the beatnik movement.

New York Bar, Photo by Luca Bravo

Although the artist and musician culture are not as concentrated in the area, the artistic vibes and character are evident.

Bordering the Lower East Side, the East Village has its fair share of live music venues and has a vibrant nightlife.

It's flavor is decidedly different from its neighbors Greenwich Village (West Village) and Gramercy Park.

"Alphabet City" is the neighborhood's eastern edge and includes Avenues A, B, C, and D.

The majority of the population is an ethnically diverse range of college-aged or young professionals, thanks to New York University and Cooper Union located in the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is also long been home to the Ukrainian Village, a historical Ukrainian enclave in NYC, noticeable with the few number of Ukrainian businesses and church.

The East Village is home to St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, which serves as a functioning church, as a home base to a theater company, and as an event space.

Tompkins Square Park, the Upright Citizens Brigade, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Webster Hall, the long-running live Stomp, and a handful of movie theaters round out the culture, arts and recreation in the area.

Fun Fact: Once the home to CBGB punk-rock nightclub (closed in 2006), The Bowery was known for its homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, and bars and is now a magnet for high rise luxury condos.

What Celebrities Live in East Village

The East Village is home to multiple singer, actors, and other artists. Just a few include:

David SchwimmerActor, Producer, Director
Amanda SeyfriedActress, Singer, Model
Britney SpearsSinger, Songwriter, Dancer
CherSinger, Actress
Chloey SevignyActress, Model, Filmmaker, Fashion Designer
Alan CummingActor
Russell SimmonsEntrepreneur, Record Executive, Writer


New York Subway, Photo by Oliver Cole

There are a million and a half options when it comes to getting to the East Village via public transportation.

The best option for getting to the heart of the village; however, is by taking the 6 train to Astor Place which will take you one block from St. Marks Place or Bleeker Street located in the southern end.

The F train will take you the 2nd Ave, the L train to First or Third Avenue, or you can take the N or R train to 8th Street.

Bus Lines
BusesM1, M2, M3, M8, M9, M14A, M14D, M15, M15SBS, M21, M101, M102, M103

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • F

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

  • L

    BMT Canarsie Line

Renting in East Village

Although the East Village is very laid-back and unpretentious feel than the rest of Manhattan, the quiet, residential neighborhood is still fairly expensive.

If you're looking to move, there are very few high rises or doorman buildings and more pre-war walk-ups.

Average Rent Prices in East Village
Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in East Village

Public & Charter Schools

There are many great schools to choose from in the East Village, but acceptance priority, for most schools, is given to children who reside in District one.

Local Schools
Girls Prep Lower East SideCharter - 5-8 - 631 studentsAll girls school with opportunities beyond school, over the summer and after graduation
East Side Community SchoolPublic - 6-12 - 699 studentsStrong leadership, strong college advisory and small classrooms
The Children's Workshop SchoolPublic - PK-5- 295 studentsWarm and welcoming school with mall classrooms and strong arts program. Racial, ethnic and economic diversity
Earth SchoolPublic - PK-5 - 331 studentsInvolved parents, rooftop garden, strong arts and sciences


East Village restaurants are sure not to disappoint. All the great coffee shops, restaurants, and bars are too numerous to mention here.

The Asian restaurant scene is a force to be reckoned with. Some of the most famous destinations include David Chang's two-Michelin-starred Momofuku Ko.

Chang's three other restaurants are almost always boiling over with lines out the door.

New York Pizza, Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov

Take a slice out of history from the neighborhood's oldest running pizza slice joint at Stromboli Pizza.

Need to sober up at 2 AM with some NYC comfort food? Mosey on into Veselka, a 24-hour cozy Ukrainian diner located in the heart of the East Village, and grab one of the best burgers in town or one of their freshly made pierogis.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to check out Baonanas, a buzzy new banana-pudding focused dessert shop!

How Safe is the East Village Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 6 out of 10
Approximately 19.8579 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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