The East Village, birthplace of American punk rock, has changed, but it remains a neighborhood of lovable misfits. Over the years Beat poets, bohemian artists and avant-garde filmmakers have all made their homes here, celebrating the area in stories, on canvas and on screen. Visitors can explore that heritage, as well as experience the neighborhood’s vibrant dining and nightlife options. There are plenty of places to go: indie-rock, blues, folk and even comedy clubs, along with upscale spots that serve swanky cocktails and restaurants for every taste and budget.
Dive bars, alternative theater, incredible restaurants and a whole lot of history make the East Village one of NYC's most colorful neighborhoods.
Looking for the pulse of the neighborhood that spawned NYC’s punk movement and Off-Off-Broadway scene? Let the locals show you the independent bookstores, vintage shops, cabaret stages and rock ’n’ rolls bars where the East Village’s rebel spirit lives on.
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Discover some of New York City’s Prohibition-era bars with an in-the-know local guide during this 3-hour Manhattan walking tour. You’ll visit four speakeasies and learn about the role these secret bars played when the 18th Amendment was in full swing from 1919 to 1933. Enjoy three provided drinks and a snack at East Village establishments such as McSorley's Old Ale House, which has only admitted female customers since 1970! Minimum age is 21 yrs due to licensing regulations. ID required.
New York City's Patricia Field talks about her lauded career, her favorite places to shop and the shuttering of her famous store.
For more than four decades, this nonprofit children's musical puppet theater has provided original, socially responsible entertainment for New York City kids, emphasizing self-esteem, cultural pride and healthy, positive and hopeful lifestyles.
Made famous in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln gave a historic address regarding the end of slavery, the Great Hall at Cooper Union has since been home to countless speeches and debates by dignitaries including Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Grover Cleveland, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Morrison Hotel has spent the past decade presenting fine-art rock ’n’ roll photography to the masses, featuring images of musicians from Johnny Cash to Bjork to Jimi Hendrix, by photographers from Mick Rock to Autumn DeWilde to co-founder Henry Diltz (who shot the cover for The Doors’ Morrison Hotel album).
Nestled on a block lined with Indian restaurants is a dark, brainy shrine to tequila and mezcal, with a brief menu of chic Mexican bar food (popcorn with lime, Cotija cheese and ancho chile; sushi-grade tuna marinated in mezcal, served with coconut-avocado mousse; churros with spiced Mexican chocolate and dulce de leche).