Your quick fire guide to East Village, New York

The good old days feel new again within the lively East Village neighbourhood of New York.

How do I get there?

East Village is easy to get to from just about anywhere in Manhattan and Brooklyn using the L Train line (which can be accessed at various Subway points).

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What’s the vibe?

Counterculture to the max. Think punk meets bohemian meets cool-girl, then place it all against diverse cultural backgrounds and you’ve got East Village. 

Not a Mother's Day post – did that over the phone. Love my hood #evil #eastvillage #hoodlove

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Who hangs out here?

Artists, poets, skaters and students. You’ll find that most people down this end of New York aren’t just one either – they’re a mix of all. The locals here embrace the old ways from decades past and create a something new with it using their own creative spin. 

Stumbled across this today! #90sforever #eastvillage #onlyinnyc

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What are the locals eating?

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza specialty, a slice with it’s bespoke creamy artichoke-and-spinach spread on it. 10/10 recommend! 

Artichoke Basille's Pizza… #fuckthatsdelicious #artichokepizza #86deats #nypizza #nyc #sortarican #underdogsontop

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Where can I grab a coffee?

Ninth Street Espresso (either store). With the ethos of a “genuine” approach to coffee, the prices are low and the quality is good. Laptop workers are welcome too! This place is so popular they had to open a second store down the street.

What does my cocktail look like?

A martini-negroni mash-up AKA the ‘Sweet Valley High’ from Pouring Ribbons.

Mr. Simo doing work for The Silk Road menu. Respect your elders.

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How do I spend an afternoon?

People (and dog) watching in Tompkins Square Park, followed by some thrift store shopping. The many stores have some amazing hidden gems and one-of-a-kind finds that are so East Village. 

With my main man @fredtails ✨✨

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What’s my ultimate must do?

Have an egg cream and browse the stands at Gem Spa. The shop has been a gathering place in East Village for decades and is a must-stop for any local (even a temporary one). 

The Gem in the snow #gemspa #stmarksplace #snow

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Should I plan an evening here?

Stay after dark and check out The Stone, a music venue with just music. No, seriously just music. You’ll need to go elsewhere for a beer but you won’t leave without seeing a unique artist.

2/3 of tonight's band. @danwdrums final night at the Stone.

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Want even more?

Want even more NY goodness? Check out our comprehensive guide to Williamsburg right here.