Neighborhood Guides

Must-See East Village

by staff, 03/03/2015

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  • Historic Sites
    History buffs will find ample reminders of the past throughout the East Village. The Merchant's House Museum, built in 1832, remains largely intact and offers a preserved view of 19th-century life. St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, consecrated in 1799, gives off a ghostly vibe to those roaming its yards (which double as burial grounds). In addition to Episcopal services, the church runs outreach programs and hosts evening events with feisty arts partners like Danspace and the Poetry Project. On a less-trafficked patch of Second Avenue is the New York Marble Cemetery, the oldest nonsectarian burial ground in the City. It's generally closed to the public (open hours tend to be afternoons on fourth Sundays in warmer months), but you can catch a glimpse of its tranquil spaces from the outdoor lounge at the rear of the Bowery Hotel.


    Tompkins Square Park, the neighborhood's biggest green space, has long served as a locus of protest, including for the housing riots of the late 1980s. These days the park is largely frequented by locals and features a dog run, playground for children and special summertime events, like the Charlie Parker Festival (Bird lived nearby on Avenue B). It also serves as the divider between East Village proper and Alphabet City. Learn about the history and culture of the Ukrainian community that once made up a large swath of the neighborhood at the Ukrainian Museum on East 6th Street, which holds permanent and temporary exhibitions. —CP

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