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Soak up the Bohemian lifestyle in the East Village

Real estate prices in the East Village are constantly rising, as they are in the rest of Manhattan -- but unlike other parts of the city where gentrification is taking a toll, this downtown nabe's authenticity is still thriving.

Historically home to Bohemian artists, musicians and students, the East Village is particularly attractive to young people, which is made evident by the plethora of coffee shops and bars on every avenue. But locals say that, most of all, the East Village is a haven for artists.

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"There's still a lot of creative stores," said Stanton Blackmer, co-owner of the vintage eyeglasses shop Fabulous Fanny's on East Ninth Street. "A lot of artists make it interesting, and it's nice to be a part of that."

The unique, independently owned shops create a sharp contrast to nearby areas like SoHo and Greenwich Village that are now dominated by designer stores and upscale restaurants.

"It's not as commercialized yet," said Corlie Ohl, a Citi Habitats real estate saleswoman who's lived in the East Village for 10 years.

However, many famous shops have closed in recent
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However, many famous shops have closed in recent years, including the Jill Anderson boutique that shuttered in 2013 after 18 years in the neighborhood.

But unlike most of downtown Manhattan, the East Village still has some apartments with sales prices listed at less than $1 million. Units for sale average about $1,200 per square foot, according to Ohl.

That's not to say the area is affordable for everyone: One-bedroom apartments rent for about $2,800 a month, she said.

Despite new developments that have gone up in
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Despite new developments that have gone up in the area, the East Village's many tenement buildings have held onto the neighborhood's Bohemian charm, and it still feels like a part of old New York.

"It's still got that sort of rustic appeal to it," Ohl said. "There's plenty of character."

Locals said the main drawback to living in the East Village is the lack of subways serving the far east side of the nabe, since the Second Avenue line still hasn't opened. Residents who live close to the East River have a roughly 20-minute trek to the nearest trains.

Along the way, though, they get their fill of creative energy from the eclectic shops and endless bars and restaurants.

To relax, East Villagers enjoy small pockets of
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To relax, East Villagers enjoy small pockets of green space, including Tompkins Square Park (pictured), that allow them to escape the city bustle.

"What I love the most are the community gardens in the area," said Miriam Young, a 31-year-old resident. "It's really fun to explore and have some quiet space."

Finding the East Village

The East Village stretches north to south from

The East Village stretches north to south from 14th Street to East Houston Street. Its eastern boundary is the East River and its western border is Fourth Avenue/Bowery.

The basics

Transportation Trains 4, 5 to Union Square 6
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4, 5 to Union Square

6 to Union Square, Astor Place

F to Second Avenue

L to First Avenue, Third Avenue, Union Square

N, Q, R to Union Square


M1, M2, M3, M8, M9, M14A, M14D, M15, M21, M101, M102, M103


NYPL Tompkins Square at 331 E. 10th St. and Ottendorfer at 135 Second Ave.

Post office

USPS at 244 E. Third St. and 93 Fourth Ave.


The East Village is covered by the Ninth Precinct at 321 E. Fifth St. The precinct reported one rape, two robberies and six burglaries in the week of Oct. 5-11, according to its CompStat report. It reported 18 rapes and one homicide so far in 2015 as of Oct. 11.

East Village real estate

To rent 444 E. 13th St. #3B Two
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To rent

444 E. 13th St. #3B

Two beds, one bath; $3,600 per month

58 E. First St. #6C

One bed, one bath; $2,295 per month

182 E. Seventh St. #5S

Two beds, two baths; $3,900 per month

To buy

324 E. Fourth St. #6B

One bed, one bath; $819,000

189 Ave. C #9B

Two beds, two baths; $1,390,000

507 E. 12th St. #5A

One bed, one bath; $699,000

2015 East Village Market Data as of Oct. 28:

Median sales price: $925,500

Number of units on market: 403

Median rental price: $3,100

Number of rentals on market: 6,518

Where to eat in the East Village

Raclette 195 Ave. A: This tiny sandwich shop
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195 Ave. A: This tiny sandwich shop has Swiss raclettes, French croques and more. 917-853-5377

Caracas Arepa Bar

93 1/2 E. Seventh St.: For authentic arepas, sweet plantains and micheladas, check out this lively Venezuelan eatery.


156 E. Second St.: With classic northern Italian dishes from pasta to chicken, Supper offers a laid-back vibe and hearty food.

What to do in the East Village

Strand Book Store 828 Broadway: The Strand is
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Strand Book Store

828 Broadway: The Strand is legendary, housing more than 2.5 million new and used books.

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre East

153 E. Third St.: Countless NBC stars and Comedy Central writers started out in the UCB comedy troupe, and shows at the East Village location are always full of laughs.

The Stone

E. Second Street and Ave. C: A nonprofit for experimental performance, The Stone puts on avant-garde music shows for $15 Tuesday through Sunday.

Where to party in the East Village

The Wayland 700 E. Ninth St.: This Alphabet
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The Wayland

700 E. Ninth St.: This Alphabet City bar serves inventive cocktails, like the "I Hear Banjos -- encore!" with apple pie moonshine.


102 St. Marks Place: One of the many bars on St. Marks Place, Proletariat stands out for its unusual and rare beers, including Stillwater Folklore and Oxbow Crossfade.


25 Third Ave.: An old punk-rock hangout spot, this bar still offers cheap drinks and old-movie screenings.

Where to shop in the East Village

Community 54 186 Ave. B: Selling mostly men’s
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Community 54

186 Ave. B: Selling mostly men’s streetwear and vintage collectibles, Community 54 looks more like an arcade from the outside than a clothing boutique.

Still House

117 E. Seventh St.: A small boutique with its own line of jewelry, Still House sells minimalist pieces and small home goods.

The Lodge

220 E. 10th St.: This men's shop features quirky accessories, home goods and grooming products, all made in America.

Landmark Preservation Commission reassessing federal-style house's status

The Landmark Preservation Commission will reassess whether or
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The Landmark Preservation Commission will reassess whether or not 138 Second Ave. should receive landmark status after the decision was backlogged for years.

The federal-style house, built in 1832, was proposed for the designation and had an initial hearing in 2009, but a decision wasn't made.

The Second Avenue building is a "rare surviving example of a Federal-style rowhouse" with "brickwork reflecting the area's early 19th century high-end-residential character," according to a Landmark Preservation Commission research statement. It has been fully restored into residences and a small commercial space on the ground level, currently home to the gelato shop Fresco Gelateria.

A new public hearing for 138 Second Ave. will be held Nov. 5 as part of an effort by the commission to sift through the large amount of backlogged sites on its calendar. The commission hopes to address all of its backlogged items by the end of 2016, according to Damaris Olivo, its director of communications.

The hearing will combine seven other backlogged sites also eligible to become city landmarks, including 57 Sullivan St. and the Excelsior Power Company Building on Gold Street. Olivo said the commission will make a decision about 138 Second Ave. in early 2016.

Q&A with Bill Klidonas: Manager at Cork 'n Fork

Bill Klidonas has managed Cork 'n Fork at
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Bill Klidonas has managed Cork 'n Fork at 186 Ave. A since it opened two years ago. It serves wines from around the world and tapas ranging from Spanish meatballs to Singaporean crab cakes.

Why do you like working in the East Village?

I never saw so much young energy. For the last few years, so much is going on in this area.

What's the typical crowd at Cork 'n Fork?

The age is low 20s to low 30s. I would say it's all young professionals.

What sets it apart from other bars in the area?

No. 1 is the name -- it's very catchy and people know that we sell wines and food. We [also] have different kinds of food. [It's] international, like 10 different kinds instead of one. It makes our place unique.


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