The East Village/Lower East Side

Never fails to keep the excitement going long after other neighborhoods hit the pillow.

Welcome to The East Village/Lower East Side

A vibrant, eclectic collection of neighborhoods on Manhattan’s East Side
With a reputation for being a spirited trend-setter, the Lower East Side and the East Village are what gives New York it’s moniker “The City That Never Sleeps.” Full of excitement, energy, and modern vibes, these well-connected neighborhoods offer more opportunity in the way of entertainment, activity, and community than should be possible.
Known as a hub for European immigrants and as the center of Jewish life in New York City throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Lower East Side is home to its fair share of uniquely fascinating history. The East Village is no stranger to historic charm, as its streets are hallowed for being populated by iconic creatives such as Allen Ginsberg and Diane Arbus.
The area is home to an independent, casually impressive architecture scene, as very few high-rises or doorman buildings exist in the East Village. On the other hand, The Lower East Side boasts a handful of newer luxury high-rises, though most of its apartment buildings tend to be attractive pre-war walk-ups. A haven for creatives, professionals, and anyone seeking non-stop excitement, the East Village and the Lower East Side are some of New York’s most premier neighborhoods.

Things to Love

  • Bursting with art, history, and culture on every corner
  • World-renowned nightlife where there’s always something new to try
  • Perfect central location and walkability
  • East Village’s authentically New York atmosphere and architecture
  • Great museums, events, and landmarks throughout the area
  • A hub for artists and creatives

Local Lifestyle

As the birthplace of punk, plus the home of creatives like Jack Kirby, Robert DeNiro, and Britney Spears, not to mention the location of some of New York’s most authentic streets, the East Village and the Lower East Side are defined by their undefinability. Dynamic and spirited, the area is full of activity no matter the time of day or night, and you can be sure there will never be a dull moment. Enamored with a bold lifestyle and life in one of the world’s best cities, young professionals, creatives, and free-spirited individuals are proud to call these neighborhoods their home.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

If you can dream it, you can do it in the East Village and the Lower East Side. Fine dining, casually delicious eateries, sleek nightclubs, and hole-in-the-wall vintage thrift stores all find a celebrated home here.
Owned and operated by the fourth-generation of the Russ family comes the Russ & Daughters Cafe, an East Side legend of Jewish comfort food and New York-style bagels. From the other side of the world, Wu’s Wonton King Chinese Restaurant is bursting with authentic Chinese cuisine. Meanwhile, a reservation at Rosella ensures a delicious evening of perfectly rolled and sustainable sushi dishes.
Like Russ & Daughters, Kossar’s Bakery & Deli is something of a New York institution as it’s been in operation for eighty years, each of them full of locally-loved and internationally-renowned baked and delicatessen goods. A taste of Texas in the middle of New York City, locals love Yellow Rose for its house-made flour tortilla tacos, soup, and authentic arancini, not to mention its cocktails. Of course, no afternoon out is complete without a stop at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, a contemporary twist on traditional ice cream parlors.

Things to Do

Home to pockets of green spaces, a more-than-involved community, and world-famous nightlife, there’s always something to do in the East Village and Lower East Side.
A slice of the area’s history reminiscing about the days when the Lower East Side was covered by pushcarts peddling pickles, the annual Pickle Day is a famous fall festival celebrating one vital food: pickles. Abrons Arts Center is an ideal way to spend an evening any day of the year, as it is bursting with the nation’s top-performing and visual arts. Locals all agree: Angel’s Share is the place to go for a speakeasy-style bar and exotic cocktails, and not only because it’s a gem hidden from most tourists.
Wigstock in Tompkins Square Park is an East Village legend, as it was born from six drunken friends taking advantage of East Village’s nightlife to keep the party rocking well after close by putting on a day-long drag show right in the park. The green space it’s located in, Tompkins Square Park, boasts many amenities, including a great year-round farmers market full of fresh produce, artisan goods, and more.


Served by the nation’s largest public school district, The City School District of the City of New York, East Village, and the Lower East Side’s public schools are top-rated. Some of the top educational opportunities include:

Overview for The East Village/Lower East Side, NY

70,450 people live in The East Village/Lower East Side, where the median age is 35 and the average individual income is $67,243. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

35 years

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Around The East Village/Lower East Side, NY

There's plenty to do around The East Village/Lower East Side, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walker's Paradise
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Beaupierre Wines & Spirits, LittleMissBaker by Yamini, and Rare Book Buyer.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.59 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.6 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.52 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.64 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.33 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.89 miles 36 reviews 5/5 stars

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