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What to Do in The East Village

November 26, 2014 - by City Guide
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Historically, the young and trendy have flocked to the East Village. The cutting-edge crowd has formed an interesting and exciting array of alternative clubs, experimental music and theatre, fashion stores, and tattoo parlors.

In recent years, CBGB's has been replaced by a John Varvatos store and luxury apartment buildings have sprung up all over the neighborhood, but much of the spirit remains — including the sculpture Alamo, better known as the “Astor Place Cube,” on 8th Street near 4th Avenue.

Astor Place Cube
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What seems more like an open-air artistic bazaar than a street lined with apartments, St. Marks Place is a sort of "Santa Monica" of the east coast with t-shirt shops, CD stores, sidewalk shopping, and bars, though it has become more gentrified in recent years. But the real action in this area happens after the sun goes down: Non-descript doors hide some of the hippest places in the city; the sound of James Brown comes out of one bar while Celtic chanting comes from another.

Two of Off-Broadway’s longest-running hits, Stomp and Blue Man Group, are also in the neighborhood. Another highlight of the area is Tompkins Square Park, home to annual events like the Howl Festival and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and the Tompkins Square Dog Run.

The south side of East Sixth Street between First & Second Aves., Little Bombay, features Indian eateries. Established in 1854, McSorley's Old Ale House is the city's oldest continuously operated saloon, and seems to have changed very little in the last 160+ years.

Dining in the East Village: For our list of the best places to dine in the East Village, click here.

Momofuku Ko. Photo: David Chang's Instagram

Contributors: Irene Ross, Kathy Novak, Derrell Bradford, Colin Carlson and Linda Sheridan

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