Bordered by Houston Street to the south, 14th Street to the north, Fourth Avenue and the East River, the East Village sits just above the trendy Lower East Side, and attracts people from all over the city with its multitude of authentic restaurants, popular nightlife, cafes and chic boutiques. The area was once known as "Little Germany," and has been the place to call home for an ongoing wave of immigrants since the 17th Century. It’s also attracted the likes of famous artists, poets and musicians, and was even the birthplace of punk rock thanks to the famed rock club CBGSs (now John Varvatos boutique).
The growth of New York University to the West helped inspire the East Village’s renaissance, but you can still find old-fashioned stores mixed with luxurious retail establishments. The old and the new also co-mingle in terms of East Village apartments for rent, as you’ll find many prewar tenement-style walkups that still stand alongside the new luxury high rise co-op and condo developments. Residents of the East Village share the area with such landmarks as St. Mark’s Church and such historic parks as the 10.5-acre Tompkins Square Park that connects Avenues A and B. Transportation includes the 6, L, F and M subways, several bus lines, the FDR Drive, and the highly anticipated Second Avenue subway.