Visiting the East Village

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The Merchant's House Museum. Image courtesy of the museum

The Merchant’s House Museum. Image courtesy of the museum

Continuing its support of different parts of New York, their promotion arm, NYC & Company, has highlighted Manhattan’s East Village as the next part of the city that they are tempting you to visit.

The East Village is a bustling and edgy Manhattan neighbourhood full of history from the concentration of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants to punk-rock culture and the ever- evolving restaurant and nightlife scene to the varied and lively theatre and culture offerings. This is the area of New York to go to if you want vintage clothes or reminders of the punk age and that era when glam rock co-existed for a while.

Because it is part of Manhattan and hat is where visitors want to stay, it is easier for those visitors to see the area. Being criss-crossed by eight different subway lines and numerous bus routes means that it is easy to get around if you don’t fancy walking.

From the perspective of the visitor, the East Village contains the only building in the city that – the Merchant’s House Museum – the only nineteenth century house in which both the interiors and exteriors of the only have been preserved. It also has a church that dates back almost to the years of the American Revolution, St Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, a Georgian-style church built in 1799.

On the edge of the area is Union Square, where, on Wednesdays and Saturdays a market springs up where you can get artisan cheeses that are brought down by famers from New England. With names that might suggest you are in Wales such as Myfanwy, these cheeses have taste and quality unlike the cheeses that are poured over a beef pattie to create cheeseburgers.

The restaurant scene doesn’t reflect one nationality or type of cuisine. What makes the area interesting is that it supports restaurants and bars of every sort and all are fairly close to one another so if the menu doesn’t appeal in one, there is always another within walking distance.

NYC & Company has been running its Neighborhood x Neighborhood promotion for some time now and I have still yet to see this idea of promotion all of its parts rather than the sum being copied here in the UK.

For more information about East Village, click here.

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