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East Village NYC – Area Info & Accommodation

Before the 1960s the area we now call the East Village was considered to be a part of the Lower East Side and the Bowery but the influx of artists hippies and musicians, following the Beatnik community that had established itself there in the 1950s needed to find a place with cheap rents and distance from the chaos of midtown.

They began to populate the area that was once home to Polish, Ukrainian and German immigrants and started a movement that would change the landscape of Art music and culture in the world forever. It is hard to imagine that one neighborhood could have such a profound effect on the culture of a nation but the East village has done just that.

Beginning in 1966 with Andy Warhols Shows with music by the Velvet Underground and Nico on St Marks Place the venue which was once a Polish Meeting Hall went on to eater such up and coming acts as the Allman Brothers. The Grateful Dead and Sly and the Family Stone.

Soon after Bill Graham opened his Fillmore East( the Original Fillmore being in California) which in addition to hosting the new bands coming from all over America served as a prime location to showcase new British talents such as The Who, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.

As the 60s turned to the 70s and 80s new talents and styles influenced by these iconic bands began to emerge from the streets of NY such as Blondie, Patti Smith The Ramones, Madonna And the Talking Heads. They bred a new sound incorporating the city vibe and the classic rock scene which in turn created the punk rock and hardcore scene that the East village is credited with today.

Where there is music there is art and there is no shortage of it in the East Village with some of the most famous contributors being Andy Warhol. Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kiki Smith and Jeff Koons. This is in addition to the thousands of young artists poets and sculptors who reside in the area creating small masterpieces in their homes, public gardens, and streets as well as small galleries and performance spaces throughout the neighborhood. One of the most unique things about the East Village is the amount of public and private gardens that exist It is said there are over 50 in just the Lower East Side and The East Village alone making it an ideal place to wander and discover little spots of beauty.

There is an amazing Weeping Willow tree located on Ave C and 9th Street and a turtle pond on 6th St and Ave B Just to name a few. The center gathering point in the East Village is Tompkins Square Park Sitting on over 10 acres it has 4 playgrounds a swimming pool basketball courts a skate park and hosts the Dance Parade, The HOWL festival, many Jazz festivals and tons of community sponsored activities and concerts along with being a beautiful space to just enjoy the quiet.

The park boasts 2 resident hawks which residents and tourists spend hours observing most of the time in their favorite perches on the “Krishna Tree” where the founder of ISKON Swami Prabhupada held the first chant of the Hare Krishna Mantra outside of India at a gathering that was attended by what was then a small group of devotees. The tree is now a protected site under the religious freedoms act and is often found covered in beautiful garlands of roses and marigolds.

The beauty and history of the East Village have in recent years grappled with its identity as gentrification threatens to overtake the bohemian nature of the area but its history and commitment to staying diverse and flexible assure that as the times change the village will evolve with them.


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