When you ask a punk to pass the salt, you've officially arrived in the East Village. This eastern addendum to Greenwich Village earned its legendary street rep from graffiti artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring and the late, great punk club CBGB. The East Village scene lives on at late-night Polish delis around Tompkins Square Park, poetry slams at Nuyorican Poets Café, and neck-tattooed spa-goers at the Russian & Turkish Baths. By day the East Village straightens up and makes nice, with skateboarders and Starbuckers sharing sidewalks around Astor Place. Chefs keep it real in the East Village, dishing award-winning eats at reasonable prices at Momofuku Noodle Bar, Milk Bar and Terroir Wine Bar. But real estate developers with no such scruples have carved off a hunk of East Village north of Houston, forming the upscale NoHo district. Where East Village walk-ups and basement vintage stores end, NoHo lofts and curated storefronts begin.
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Getting Around New York City
The best way to get around New York is by walking and using the subway. The subway and bus system generally runs 24 hours, with some exceptions. Taxis are readily available, but traffic can make it a costly and slow option.
Nearby Airports
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport-JFK
  • LaGuardia Airport-LGA
  • Newark International Airport-EWR
Airport Taxis
  • $52 from JFK
  • $26 from LGA
  • $35 from EWR
  • (All rates are exclusive of bridge and tunnel tolls, which can range from $4-$6.)
Things to Do and See Near East Village