“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
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.