Manhattan’s East Village has featured in both celluloid; Spike Lee’s Son of Sam, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, and TV shows; Girls, Sex in the City, Gossip Girl and The Soprano’s to name but a notable few. The East Village has the right dose of bustling energy, combined with a dose of edge and a sprinkling of bohemia, making it the perfect backdrop for film and TV.
NYC & Company, the official tourism partner for the City of New York, is promoting the East Village as a must – see destination with their ‘Experience the East Village Like a Local’ campaign, working with local residents on a series of Insider Guides, and a video documentary has lent an air of authenticity. President and CEO of NYC & Company, Fred Dixon is understandably happy with the local participation:
“By working with locals, we’re able to promote what truly makes the East Village a favourite neighbourhood of so many New Yorkers and visitors from around the world, and we encourage everyone to explore the authentic attractions for an only in NYC experience.”
For a sense of East Village history, pay a visit to Merchant’s House Museum, a National Historic Landmark and the only 19th Century home in New York City with preserved interiors and exteriors.
If you prefer a more spiritual experience then seek solace at St. Mark’s Church –in-the Bowery, a Georgian –style church built in 1799.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to going out– which is only to be expected in the vibrant East Village, choose from, bars, live music venues and clubs. Options include: Bowery Electric, Manitoba’s, Pyramid Club and Webster Hall.
Restaurants and Cafés
From burgers to lobsters, Moroccan or Mediterranean all tastes are catered for check out: Bar Primi and Lil Frankies for pizza and pasta; or there is the Blind Barber for cuts and cocktails; Death & Co. – think speakeasy. For noodles try the cheekily named MomoFuku. Insider suggestions include: pioneering vegan restaurant Angelica Kitchen; Café Mogador, a Moroccan and Mediterranean restaurant that opened in 1983; Veniero’s Pastry, a New York City institution, serving over 200 types of Italian baked goods; and Veselka, a 24-hour, 60-year-old Ukrainian restaurant.
Whether you are looking for post –punk styles or maybe you are strictly vintage? Check out Trash and Vaudeville for leather, studs, animal prints and chains; and Mimi’s for one –off vintage garms and accessories.
Another neighbourhood favourite is St. Mark’s Bookshop, an independent that regularly hosts readings.
Theatre and Entertainment
The East Village has an array of theatres and entertainment from affordable comedy shows at UCB East; Off –Broadway shows – Blue Man Group and Stomp; to The Public Theater for both classic and experiential productions.
Stay close to the action at:
Hyatt Union Square – a high –spec hotel with 178 luxury guest rooms and suites.
GEM Hotel Soho – an intimate boutique hotel, guests are provided with a complimentary iPod walking tour.
Sixty LES – a luxury lifestyle hotel with extensive dining options.
W New York Union Square – a contemporary stylish hotel located in a glamorous Beaux –Arts Building.
Holiday Inn – located on the Lower East Side, with high –speed internet and on –site restaurant.
Live like a local and take a trip to the East Village.
For further information please visit: www.nycgo.com