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A view of Avenue A from Tompkins Square Park.

The East Village is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, a part of the area traditionally considered the Lower East Side. The neighborhood is bounded by 14th Street on the north, the East River on the east, Houston Street on the south, and, roughly, the Bowery and Third Avenue on the west. It lies east of Greenwich Village and NoHo, south of Stuyvesant Town, and north of the Lower East Side. The East Village includes the neighborhood known as Alphabet City.

The East Village was—and still is by many—regarded as part of the Lower East Side. In the 1980s, real estate developers began promoting the name East Village to dissociate the neighborhood from the Lower East Side's reputation as a slum district and to try to capture the cachet of Greenwich Village. This has led many to believe that the East Village is part of Greenwich Village. Extensive gentrification during the 1980s around Tompkins Square Park was a contributing factor to several riots (in 1988 and 1995) as police disbanded homeless encampments.

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Gentrification takes an unusual form with the "Red Square" luxury apartment building, topped by a statue of Lenin.

Other than geography, the East Village's most notable commonalities with Greenwich Village are a colorful history, vibrant social and cultural outlets, and street names that often diverge from the norm. The most notable of those steets are the Bowery, a north-south avenue which also lends its name to the somewhat overlapping neighborhood of the Bowery; St. Mark's Place, a crosstown street well-known for countercultural, especially punk, businesses; and Astor Place/Cooper Square, home of the Public Theater and the Cooper Union, one of the world's most prestigious art and architecture schools.

Over the last 100 years, the East Village/Lower East Side has arguably contributed more to American arts and culture than any other neighborhood in the nation. During the great wave of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, countless families found their new homes in this area. The East Village has also been the home of cultural icons and movements from the American gangster to the Warhol Superstars, folk music to punk rock and hip-hop, advanced education to organized activism, experimental theater to the Beat Generation.


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