First and Second Avenues have been transformed in recent years with new restaurants, bars and some of the best clubs in town. And while many up-and-coming bands still prowl the clubs, streets and studios down here, this is no longer quite your father’s East Village.
Older residents, often immigrants, live side-by-side with students and hipsters. Smart new restaurant and bistro arrivals rub shoulders with all manner of ethnic food staples (notably, Indian and Ukrainian joints abound!). And with slightly more affordable rents for many, and its overall shaggy haircut vibe, the East Village is a natural draw for young people...and the young at heart.