NFT New York East Village

East Village
It's no longer the city's Bohemia--we hear it's somewhere in Brooklyn. But if you're dead-set on staying in Manhattan, the East Village is downtown's most livable neighborhood. Blame that on all the well-worn tenements and their (relatively) affordable small studios and "junior" one-bedrooms, some of them rent stabilized. In these apartments dwell old timers, NYU kids, and everyone in between, making for awesome people watching, day or night. A stroll through Tompkins Square Park on any warm weekend pretty much sums it up. Cute pooches and their oh-so-hip owners convene at the dog run while bongo drums echo over near Avenue B. Little kids shriek at the playground while crusty punks and gritty old men occupy the benches on the Southwestern side. Just a typical slice of life in the East Village, and a sweet life it is if you can swing the rent.

Before the crowds young professionals lived here, and before the artists, musicians, and squatters that preceded them, this area was home to waves of German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Ukrainian, and Polish immigrants. A few historical sites remain from those times. One of our favorites is Saint Brigid's Church (1848), which was built by Irish immigrants. It's currently undergoing restoration after nearly being demolished. Another holdout, Russian and Turkish Baths (1892) still offers old-world platza treatments. One more significant marker from the neighborhood's past is the General Slocum Monument, which commemorates one of the worst disasters in the city's history--the sinking of the General Slocum steamship in 1904. Over 1,000 lives were lost, mainly German women and children from the neighborhood.

In the 1960s, Puerto Rican immigrants flooded into Alphabet City, another name for the blocks between Avenue A and Avenue D. Avenue C, also known as Loisaida Avenue, retains some of this character today, even while bars and restaurants catering to more recent arrivals open shop. The loveliest aspects of this area are the many community gardens, planted on once-blighted lots and maintained by volunteers. We particularly like the always-tranquil 6BC Botanical Garden on 6th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. The best times to visit are Saturday and Sunday afternoons from May through October.

The term "East Village" came into use in the 1960s, when artists, musicians, writers, performers, intellectuals, and political radicals flocked to the neighborhood. A hugely influential art scene sprang up from the 1960s through the 1980s, but unfortunately, many of those galleries and performance spaces fell victim to skyrocketing rents in the 1990s and early 2000s. A few institutions have survived, though--you can still catch a poetry slam at the Nuyorican Poet's Café, or dance the night away like it's still 1984 at The Pyramid Club. One of our favorite summer events, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, takes place in Tompkins Square Park, right across the street from the Charlie Parker House. When you visit the park be sure to pass by the Joe Strummer Mural, a neighborhood landmark honoring one of the icons of punk rock. For live rock n' roll (or any kind of music scene), you're better off heading to the Lower East Side. But if you've come for the awesome bars, restaurants, and shopping that make this the neighborhood you'll never want to leave, read on.

Nightlife
Dive bars are an East Village specialty, and some of the finest specimens in the city are right here: try Manitoba's, Lucy's, 7B, International Bar, and Coal Yard. This hood rules for cocktails too: check out Summit Bar, Elsa, or Louis 649 if you can't bear the wait at Death and Company. Drop Off Service has our favorite happy hour this side of the East River. Cheers!

Restaurants
Residents here are spoiled rotten when it comes to food. Just head to 7th Street between First and A: sandwiches at Porchetta, lobster rolls at Luke's Lobster, arepas at Caracas Arepa Bar, and delicious Greek fare at Pylos. 7A's always open, Banjara holds it down in Little India, and if you still have room, check out Puddin' for--take a wild guess.

Shopping
We can't decide if we like Abraço or Ninth Street Espresso better--we'll take both! Browse vintage oddities at Obscura Antiques, used tomes at Mast Books, and jewelry at The Shape of Lies. Cute boutiques? 9th Street between First and Second. Late-night bodega taco fix? Zaragoza.



         
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Posted By:  Leigh Raynor
Photo:  Leigh Raynor

Milon
Hey New Yorker, feeling overlooked? Just another face in the crowd, cog in the wheel, body on the 6 train? If you are in need of some attention, head over to First Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets. Stacked one on top of the other and side-by-side, you'll find the most festive quartet of Indian restaurants in the city. Each is strung with an epilepsy-inducing amount of party lights, and each is super eager to win your service. At this spot you'll feel anything but overlooked; instead, you'll be sweet-talked, coerced, or even, personally escorted into any of the four restaurants. In fact, my friend who was meeting a group of us for dinner was tricked into the wrong restaurant and promptly shown to another table of girls where the waiter tried to convince her that these girls were in fact the friends she’d been waiting to find. In other words, your entrance will be overwhelming, but a dinner out at Milon NY is entirely worth the experience. Brimming with color, you’ll have a unique dining experience without spending a fortune (entrees range between $10-$15), and it’s BYOB. Be sure to get there early as this small spot fills up quickly.



Friday, March 22, 2013

Posted By:  Kate McCormick
Photo:  Kate McCormick

Blarney Cove
The first thing you should know is that Blarney Cove is not about options. Here are your draft beer choices: Yeungling, Budweiser, Rolling Rock. If you want anything else, it's possible -- but unlikely -- they have it in a bottle or a can. A friend tried to order a scotch and soda, but in the shuffle of the crowd the bartender heard "Stella." She politely disabused us of the notion that Blarney Cove would stock such a beer. Nestled in a strip of 14th Street where retail gates all come down at precisely 6 p.m., the Cove's small door is barely recognizable as an active entrance. But once you get inside and navigate the long, narrow bar, the real potential of the Cove emerges. We took our seats at the far end, a particularly tricky spot to set up camp, since it is exactly opposite the basement stairway. This meant the bartender had to slide us our drinks Tapper-style. It was a harrowing yet strangely pleasant experience -- an apt metaphor for a night at this East Village dive.



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Posted By:  Holly Alderman
Photo:  Craig Nelson

Sigiri
Tucked amidst the flashing lights and persuasive calls to dine at one of East 6th Street's many Indian restaurants is Sigiri. It is not adorned with Christmas lights and no one pulls you off the street boasting a deal, but Sigiri provides an unparalleled dining experience that is not to be missed. Like its neighbors in the East Village, Sigiri serves South Asian cuisine, but rather than hailing from India, Sigiri's food is from the island nation of Sri Lanka. In a mecca of international eats, it is hard to be totally unique in New York City, but Sigiri pulls it off as a reasonably priced, conveniently located, authentic Sri Lankan eatery on a continent where such places are few and far between. Sri Lankan cuisine as it is served up at Sigiri is not for the faint of the heart (or tastebuds!) It is spicy, spicy, spicy. Not to fear though--Sigiri is BYOB, so make sure to bring a spice fighting alcohol to accompany your meal. If you're looking for a cozy atmosphere with eclectic decor, delicious food, and a unique feel, head on over to Sigiri. You won't be sorry, even if your salivary glands will!



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

Nuyorican Poets Café
Sometimes, even for avid readers, there's something about an experimental poetry slam that says "you're not avant-garde enough for this scene." On the other hand, there's something called a StorySLAM, which just about anyone can get into. It's not stand-up comedy, and it's not a reading; it's just real people getting up to tell entertaining five-minute stories on a given theme. The participants generally take it seriously, so they prepare a solid yarn instead of downing a few beers and rambling about nothing. Whether you go to listen, tell a story, or volunteer as a judge, there'll be a high-energy vibe and it's generally supportive, even though judges do assign scores to determine a winner. These StorySLAMs are put on by The Moth, a nonprofit that supplies a darn funny MC.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

Tompkins Square Park
For me, the Tompkins Square dog run stirs up mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's a giant dog run in a city where pets live in cramped apartments without backyards. It's a community where canines can mingle, exercise, breathe fresh air, and enjoy one of the city's most verdant parks. On the other hand, it's hard to believe that this sandy area is even remotely sanitary. At best, it smells vaguely of wet buffalo; at worst, the nauseating stench of animal waste permeates everything within a 500-yard radius. When it rains, gallons of vile matter overflow from the dog run into the park, and when it's windy, I've seen tornadoes of excrement-dust overtake innocent passersby. I also wonder if dogs were even meant to live in huge cities, where many have a lower quality of life, except those whose owners have backyards or gargantuan loft apartments. However, since dogs are adorable and here to stay, the Tompkins Square dog run ends up being a vital resource for the community, and a historic one, because in 1992 it became the city's very first dog run, part of Alphabet City's community renewal. Given the bleak state of many New York City neighborhoods, a dog living near beautiful Tompkins Square Park is a lucky one indeed.



Monday, November 29, 2010

Posted By:  Andrew Savage
Photo:  Andrew Savage

Sigmund Pretzel Shop
A pretzel that doesn't come from a Sabrett stand. Imagine that! Unlike their distant cousins of the street cart, Sigmund Pretzels are not frozen and reheated a dozen times. So be prepared, Sigmund is serving up old-world style pretzels that are baked fresh daily. Get their signature salted pretzel with a side of stone-ground mustard and wash it down with a cold Boylan's. Pretzel sandwiches, pretzel chips, coffee, and tea are also served. Did I mention that you can order by the dozen? Next time you are ballpark bound, make a pit stop at Sigmund Pretzel and eschew the cardboard-like cart pretzels.



Monday, November 15, 2010

Posted By:  Georgia Lawson
Photo:  Georgia Lawson

Cabin Down Below
The Cabin Down Below is not easily found, but well worth it once there. This cool little bar with a thousand stories to tell has secured itself as one of my favorite haunts in the city. Located just off Avenue A, this place used to be accessed through the pizza shop above--hence the name Cabin Down Below. I had been brought by a friend who called it her go-to hidden gem. This low key bar springs to life well past midnight and is often packed to the rafters with an eclectic mix of people, from musicians and models to students and East Villagers to local celebrities like Macaulay Culkin. As a Londoner, spotting Mr. Culkin was very exciting. Let's recap: New York...Home Alone...Macaulay Culkin. Anyway, the drinks are cheap, the bar staff friendly, and the atmosphere relaxed. Just remember if you are planning on heading down, be sure to be ready for a late one!



Friday, February 19, 2010

Posted By:  Craig Nelson
Photo:  Craig Nelson

Big Arc Chicken
To some New York dining is all about the fancified four star spots that fight for PR and a three star review from the NY Times. To others it's the hole-in-the-wall spots that garner little attention but serve their clientele exactly what they want--home cooked food for cheap. Case in point is Big Arc Chicken in the East Village. Just a few blocks away from where you can wait in line for a $17 bowl of ramen, you can chow down for $7 on a perfectly grilled half chicken and tasty sides like spinach or eggplant.  Throw in some salad, rice, homemade hot sauce, and grilled pita and you have a hearty and healthy meal. Or try a whole grilled fish with sides for ten bucks. Of course atmosphere doesn't exist, unless, like me, you enjoy old black and white Egyptian movies and English Premier Football on the telly. Usually I'm 100% against having TVs in bars or restaurants, but at Big Arc it makes a great companion to a solo 2 am feast. And with all the cabbies from the Middle East and Africa that stop here on their break, you know this is real New York dining at its finest.



Thursday, January 07, 2010

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

Gruppo
This unassuming East Village spot has some of the best thin-crust pizza and perhaps the best salads I've tasted in years. Of all the mediocre Italian joints this city has to offer, the modestly-sized Gruppo knows how to give you fresh upscale ingredients, anything from marinated tomatoes to jalapeños, caramelized onions, grilled zucchini, artichoke hearts, andouille sausage, and the list goes on. The salads are generous and the dressings are divine, the lemon and white balsamic vinaigrettes in particular, and as with the pizzas, they are mindful of overall texture (i.e. no unsightly hunks of unripe tomato or hideous blocks of cheese). With a few lovely wines by the glass, it's just the Italian place we've all been looking for: one with simple, affordable, excellent food, and a jukebox.



Monday, November 02, 2009

Posted By:  Matilda Boland
Photo:  Matilda Boland

The Summit Bar
Take a walk down Ave C and refuel at Summit, a classic cocktail lounge that takes Alphabet city to a new level. Clean classic cocktails, charcuterie and cheese indulgences are served in a romantic swanky setting with a raw industrial edge. The exposed brick walls juxtapose the shiny black granite bar top and glass shelving behind the bar. A neighbourhood hangout that I expect will build a following even in an avenue already overrun with bars. The "bar" has been raised for the future of drinking in Loisaida, NYC and I'll cheers to that!



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Posted By:  Matilda Boland
Photo:  Matilda Boland

Poco
Tuesday night girl's dinner...We were promised drag queen bingo but instead we got all you can drink sangria. No complaints here! Poco is a bustling spot on the corner of Avenue B and 3rd Street that I have somehow managed to bypass until now. A vast menu of Spanish inspired tapas, carafes of sangria and high communal tables encourage you to mix and mingle. Rich, tasty morsels like lobster mac n' cheese, seafood paella, mushroom truffle croquettes, and jalapeno martini shots are worth returning for. Bring on the hot NY nights now that I've found a breezy, ambient corner in my village.



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Posted By:  Molly Riordan
Photo:  Molly Riordan

The Car with the Dashboard
Sunday mornings. Some go to church. Some go to museums. Some go to the park. Decidedly against the first and too poor for the second, I was rockin' the third when I serendipitously happened upon all three. I've seen it before, and if you're lucky you may see it to. Covered in stickers and a little bit of rust, with evidence of at least two stops at Wall Drug, is a car, a shrine, a mobile museum of tiny plastic effigies. With a dashboard displaying superheros, kitties, and at least a dozen Virgins Mary, this transport-temple probes the universe's unanswered questions. Why? Who? How, in the bedlam of Alphabet City, does it go on, thrive, inspiring dozens of passers-by? Is it a beacon of hope? A pack-rat's outpost? A stray sequin on the grey and fraying burlap of our corporal existence? Seek it if you dare, but if you do not see it, just trust me; it's there.



Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Posted By:  Sara Bogush
Photo:  Sara Bogush

Ninth Street Espresso
When you require a refined sort of fuel, the baristas at Ninth Street Espresso have you covered. A perfect cappuccino--dark, rich espresso topped with a just-right ratio of dense steamed milk and leafy foam art--will set you back $4 and put you off Starbucks forever. In fact, all the espresso drinks here are top-notch, and no wonder. Ninth Street is serious about its beans and its strictly-followed recipes. This shop definitely has a "we serve it our way and you'll like it" ambience, and even posts a warning lest you dare ask for a customized half-decaf extra-foam whatever. East Villagers don't seem to mind, since the place is regularly jammed. If you're hoping for a seat during the late-morning rush, you might have better luck grabbing a stool at their new annex on nearby 10th street.



Friday, March 27, 2009

Posted By:  Sara Bogush
Photo:  Sara Bogush

Butter Lane
If you've been resisting the rest of Manhattan's addiction to fancy cupcakes, never underestimate the power of a free sample. At Butter Lane, several icings are available to taste-test, including two kinds of buttercream. Their French buttercream airier and more mousse-like then the traditional American version, and will appeal to those who usually find icing tooth-achingly sweet. Fruit-flavored icings--that actually taste like fruit--are also available, including blueberry, raspberry, and key lime. Throw in a few different cake varieties to pick from (vanilla, chocolate, and banana), and you can basically build your own custom cupcake. This little shop distinguishes itself by using high-quality ingredients, and does a brisk takeout business. For anyone who's been looking for a cupcake that's a little more refined than the usual, start here.



Monday, March 23, 2009

Posted By:  Sara Bogush
Photo:  Sara Bogush

Crif Dogs
Every now and then there comes a boozy late-night hour when a smoked, deep-fried hotdog spiraled in bacon sounds like your ticket to heaven. And this St. Mark's Place dugout will probably be aglow and waiting for you and everyone else with gluttony on the brain. Fans of Gray's Papaya recession special may grumble about the $2.75-$5 per dog prices, but the bacon wrapping alone adds a salty kick that's worth lightening your wallet a little. Then there are the toppings--avocado and sour cream, fried egg and cheese, chili and jalapenos, and virtually any other combination you can dream up. Note the secret door through the telephone booth against the wall. This is the entrance to PDT, a swanky lounge that serves up serious cocktails, where you can order in hot dogs and tater tots from next door.



Thursday, February 19, 2009

Posted By:  Sarah Moroz
Photo:  Sarah Moroz

Cafe Pick Me Up
As I trudged down Ave A, Cafe Pick Me Up lured me in with its name. I could use some picking up, I thought. Naive, I know. Anyways, this place would probably be better named Cafe Settled Down since it is cozy and poorly lit, which, as an environment, is less of a pick-me-up than a can-I-take-a-catnap-back-here-without-being-judged-by-that-person-reading-the-New-York-Times? The cafe is laid back, always populated, and has that random amalgam of furniture that looks like all the indiscriminate worn shit you stored in your parents' basement after college, if those items were exclusively tables and chairs. Twinkle lights and random art contribute to that college-y feel. The cafe's best asset is its view on Tompkins Square Park, which you can observe unimpeded if you sit by window.



Monday, February 16, 2009

Posted By:  Matilda Boland
Photo:  Matilda Boland

Abraco
If Starbucks is a Grande Frappuccino with whip then Abraco is a single espresso. Low on space, but high on substance with no Wi-Fi, free biscotti, or iced coffee milk blends used to attract those who don't really like coffee anyway. A coffee bar per-se with just enough room to hover around the barista, worship the coffee guru, and have a chat. As a soy drinker I was a little sad with the choice of full cream or almond milk. But without much convincing, I was quickly converted. Perhaps the friendly vibe the regulars bring to what is a hub of neighbourhood conversation sets Abraco apart from the counterparts. Or maybe it's the tasty morsels freshly baked each morning--olive oil cake, French toast with lemon ricotta, and Spanish style frittata.



Thursday, February 05, 2009

Posted By:  Harrison Peck
Photo:  Harrison Peck

Urban Pita
Crammed in the middle of a block of mediocre cheap eats (not including, of course, transcendent Katz’s Deli), this unassuming little falafel joint is consistently delicious. The falafel may very well be the best in the city, and the warm, fresh-from-the-oven pita bread is the perfect holder for those crispy little spheres of perfection. But the best part is the unlimited toppings bar, where you can jam your pita with all the fixins you could possibly want (especially the crunchy pickles--those guys make the sandwich) and top it all off with some tahini and hot sauce. Chances are you’ll overestimate just how much deliciousness can be packed into one pita pocket, and will end up leaking some hummus out the side, but you can always patch up the hole by wedging some more fresh veggies into the bottom to make sure you get the most out of your sandwich. And at around $5 for an overstuffed pita with hummus, falafel, and all the fixins, you’ll have some cash left over for some homemade lemonade and Belgian fries.



Friday, January 16, 2009

Posted By:  Rebecca Katherine Hirsch
Photo:  Tova Neugut

Mercury Lounge
Shows here are had. Bands here are played. People, outside they linger. Inside, I lift no fingers for I... am content? AM I content? Am I content when I go here? What makes for an amorous concert-going experience? Is it a $10 cover charge? A cool stage? What makes for a cool stage? This one was wide, wooden and conveniently fit the totality of band members and instruments. It is true that the Mercury Lounge has an admirably expansive selection of bands of various genres in various contortions. It is also true that the last time I partook of its stage, bands and cover charge, I stood at an intimate arm's length from the players on stage and was thusly privileged to enjoy the lilting sounds and up-tempo beats of Stumblebum Brass Band. Sigh. As says Stumblebum drummer Jonathan Levy, Mercury Lounge is A-OK with him because there are "not a lot of places left that are exclusively music venues." And thus, in view of my ambivalence, I defer to the musicmakers. Five stars for Mercury Lounge and 72 virgins in heaven!




Thursday, November 20, 2008

Posted By:  Molly Riordan
Photo:  Molly Riordan

Obscura Antiques & Oddities
If there's a Museum of Kitschy & Arbitrary Americana (which there must be), Obscura Antiques & Oddities is its un-archived storeroom. Most people in the store were clearly there to observe rather than buy, because there is absolutely no way to rationalize 'needing' anything from Obscura. Do you NEED a set of skeletal raccoon feet wall sconces? How about an ancient oversized plastic mask of a geisha or a mariachi-man? A Lion's Club ceramic figurine? Maybe YOU do, I don't know what you do in your spare time--but squeezed in with four other equally confounded passers-by in the crammed shop, I had my doubts that any of these objects would improve my quality of life significantly. The intricately-curated hodgepodge is indeed visually stimulating. Go hungry and prepare to dig, or stop by for a quick snack. Even if you don't buy a broken clock or mannequin head, you'll be happy with the knowledge that you could.




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Other East Village Restaurants

6th Street Kitchen
Bring friends to mix and match the small plates.
7A Cafe
Open 24 hours. Great burgers.
Back Forty
Farm fresh, simple, and good.
Banjara
Best Indian on 6th Street, hands-down. Awesome lamb chops.
Benny's Burritos
A NYC Mexican institution.
Bereket Turkish Kebab House
Middle Eastern delights. Open late.
Big Arc Chicken
Cheap Middle Eastern food complete with Arabic TV.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
Imaginative swirled soft serve treats. Try a salty pimp.
Black Iron Burger
Burgers with horseradish cheese and awesome onion rings.
Boca Chica
Excellent, fun South American. Great chimichurri sauce.
Buenos Aires
Superior Argentine food: steaks, wine, friendly atmosphere.
Café Mogador
Perfect place for hummus and a latte.
Cafecito
Cozy Cuban.
Caracas Arepa Bar
Authentic Venezuelan.
Caravan of Dreams
Organic vegan cuisine.
Casimir Restaurant
Great French spread. Nice music a plus.
Crif Dogs
Kick-ass wieners.
Desnuda
For wine and ceviche lovers only.
Dirt Candy
Translation: gourmet vegetarian.
Dok Suni
Excellent Korean fusion. NFT fav.
Dumpling Man
Constantly rotating dumpling roster; good but not great.
Edi & the Wolf
Fantastic Austrian food, excellent variety, rustic atmosphere
El Maguey y La Tuna
LES Mexican.
Esashi
Simple but always good neighborhood sushi.
Esperanto
Bistro has live Brazilian music, choice summer spot.

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Other East Village Nightlife

11th Street Bar
Darts, Irish, excellent.
2A
Great upstairs space.
7B (Horseshoe Bar)
Godfather II shot here. What can be bad?
Ace Bar
Darts, pinball, pool, and even skee-ball!
Amor y Amargo
Closet bitters bar.
Angels and Kings
Particularly lame, MTV-approved EV "hot spot."
Blarney Cove
The dive to end all East Village dives. Opens at 8am.
Bua
Neighborhood bar during the week, mobs of pretty people on the weekend.
Burp Castle
Belgian ales and hushed voices.
Cabin Down Below
Hidden bar that comes to life after midnight.
Cheap Shots
Ridiculously cheap drinks without the sleaze. How do they do it?
Cherry Tavern
Get the Tijuana Special.
Coal Yard
Awesome dive bar that draws a fascinating cross section of locals.
Croxley Ales
Decent beer selection and a large patio.
d.b.a.
Awesome beer list and outdoor patio. NFT fave.
Death and Company
Classy cocktails served Prohibition style. No password required.
Drop Off Service
Awesome half-off everything happy hour 'til 8 pm.
Elsa
Former dive bar, now serving elegant cocktails.
Good Beer
Ridiculous microbrew selection. Is this heaven?
Heathers
Usually low-key for the East Village.
Hi-Fi
The BEST jukebox in town.
International Bar
A beer & a shot for $4? Life is good.
Joe's Bar
Classic neighborhood hangout. A favorite.
Lakeside Lounge
Great jukebox, live music, décor, everything.
Louis 649
Low-key cocktails and an impressive whiskey list. Check out their Tuesday night tastings.

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Other East Village Shopping

11th Street Flea Market
Stuff you didn't even know you needed!
Abed Bendahud Inkona Stationary
If you're looking for a magazine, it's here. Somewhere.
Alphabets
Fun miscellany store.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
Imaginative swirled soft serve treats. Try a salty pimp.
Butter Lane
Riding the cupcake trend...
East Village Books
Messy pile of used stuff.
East Village Wines
Classic EV liquor store. With booze!
Exit 9
Always fun and changeable hipster gifts. First place to sell NFT!
First Flight Music
Good guitars and amps, spotty service.
Gringer & Sons
Kitchen appliances for every price range.
Lancelotti Housewares
Fun designer housewares, not too expensive.
Landmark Bicycles
Schwinn lovers unite: nice collection of vintage bikes and parts.
Mast Books
Small but excellent selection.
No Relation Vintage
Cheap vintage basics for patient sifters.
Obscura Antiques & Oddities
Kitschy & Arbitrary Americana. Pricey, but sociologically fascinating.
Ray's Candy Store
Avenue A's Belgian fries-and-ice cream institution.
Recycle-A-Bicycle
Non-profit youth organization refurbishing and selling used bikes.
Russ & Daughters
Fab Jewish soul food -- lox, herring, sable, etc.
Saifee Hardware & Garden
Classic East Village hardware store. It has everything.
Sons + Daughters
Great kid's toys/clothes destination, good prices.
The Shape of Lies
Vintage and locally-made jewelry.
Tinto Fino
Great selection of Spanish wines.
Zaragoza Mexican Deli and Grocery
Bodega with burritos.

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Other East Village Landmarks

6BC Botanical Garden
Early Alphabet City community garden, now permanent park.
Charlie Parker Residence
The Bird lived here. Great festival every summer in Tompkins Square.
General Slocum Monument
Memorial to one of the worst disasters in NYC history.
International Bar
RIP...but wait! It's back from the dead!
Joe Strummer Mural
Ha, you think it's funny... turning rebellion into money?
Katz's Delicatessen
Classic NY deli, interior hasn't changed in decades.
Nuyorican Poets Café
Where mediocre poets die of humiliation.
Russian and Turkish Baths
Sweat away all your urban stress.
St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church
Historic Irish church spared demolition, still standing on Tompkins Square.
The Pyramid Club
Classic '80s and '90s club.
Tompkins Square Park
Home to many.

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