Ninth Street Espresso
700 East 9th Street (Between Ave C & D)
According to TheDaily.com, there are more coffee drinkers in NYC than in Portland and Seattle combined. The site refers all coffee fanatics to Ninth Street Espresso, an East Village staple founded 2001 by Ken Nye. I discovered the original location on East Ninth and Avenue [...]
East Village Neighborhood Guide
Tompkins Square epitomizes the New York story. Once renowned as a drug haven, punk hangout, and artist’s sanctuary its modern day rejuvenation speaks to the throngs of young people eager to be where the action is. Located just off Tompkins Square Park, 190 East 7th is the real estate version of this story. Newly reconstructed in 2000, it is comprised of two separate mid rise towers with a plaza and fountain dividing them.
In recent years the East Village and Lower East Side have seen an enormous resurgence in popularity and has become of the most highly sought after neighborhoods for those looking to live in “the scene”. This phenomenon has developers scurrying to knock down the old and build up the new, leaving many would be renters having to decide between big ticket new luxury or low end walkups without much choice in between. As Deco East is a fantastic middle of the road option it is no wonder apartments there go pretty fast.
I had the great pleasure of trying out Dos Toros the other day and it was a very pleasant surprise. I just wanted something small so I ordered the carne asada crispy taco. And while it was small, wow did it pack a punch! The flavors were vibrant and authentic; like a vacation in your mouth. I later went back that same evening with a co-worker because I wouldn’t stop raving about how good it was.
Talk about convenience, located on the Southeast corner of 14th Street and Third Avenue, 123 Third Avenue is just a block away from all that Union Square has to offer. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and an array of shops and restaurants line the streets. This 19 story condominium building is currently being built, and will include creative amenities like as a ground floor garden with an outdoor movie screen. With the L Train right outside the entrance, and several other subway lines a block away at Union Square, the access to transportation is unbeatable. This will be connected to the lounge and gym on the second story by a floating staircase. The Toll Brothers’ One Ten 3rd Ave building is across the street.
McSorley’s Old Ale House, a mainstay of downtown NYC, and specifically the East Village, has been at 15 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave since its inception in 1854. As such, taking a step inside this genuine old Irish saloon just might feel like a walk through the past. In fact, no piece of memorabilia has been removed form its walls since 1910.
Kim’s Video and Music, located at 124 First Ave between 7th and St. Marks Place, has a good deal of history in the East Village. It started as a music and video store within Yongman Kim’s dry cleaning business before it had its own location on Avenue A in 1987. It later moved to probably its best-known location on St. Marks Place between 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Located smack in the middle of the East Village, The Flatiron District, Union Square, and the Lower East Side, Stuyvesant Town is a sprawling private residential development. Boasting gorgeous parks with ample trees, animal-life and open lawn space residents can get the feel of suburb living with all the amenities of an urban landscape. Stuy Town has always been a very coveted location, but with the recent gentrification of its bordering districts, the area has reached new heights in terms of desirability especially given its recent renovation and long list of amenities.
The Stewart House is one of the city’s original co-ops, built in 1960, rising 21 floors with 368 apartments. The site was originally home to the Wanamaker’s department store. In 1954 Wanamaker and Sons closed the store. The post war era gave birth to a city wide building spree and saw the developments of new buildings such as 2 Fifth Avenue and The Stewart House. The building stood out with its white brick exterior, large lobby, circular drive and modern features, such as balconies. When it was built, the area was nothing to get excited about, almost dull, aside from the Grace Church according to the long time residents of the building, but that has all changed now. The renaissance of downtown starting in the 1980’s has caused prices in this building to more than triple.
Right on Tompkins Park in the East Village lies this 17-story condo building. In 1928, the Christadora House was originally the Christadora Settlement House – a philanthropic agency that provided social services to immigrants in the neighborhood. It was sold in 1986 and converted to condos by Harvey Skydell and Sam Glasser.
On the edge of the East Village and above a Japanese restaurant lie the residences of 65 Fourth Avenue.
The building doesn’t appear to be much from the outside, but inside offers loft-style, bright apartments that are perfectly located for NYU students, or anyone with a 6, N or R train commute.
So what do you do when you want the full service amenities of an uptown address, the condo finishes of downtown new construction and you want to live in the East Village? Head over to Skyeast at 636 East 11th Street.
85 East 10th Street adds a bit of industrial-chic to the East Village. The lobby and hallways are clean, but nothing impressive; however, the units offer a surprising amount of space for this price point in the East Village.
Frank Prisinazo has the New York City Italian cuisine on lock down. Although his area of operation is restricted to the East Village/Alphabet City vicinity, his competition stands pale in comparison. Frank, his first restaurant, opened in June of 1998 with just 29 seats and a menu of family recipes. The rave reviews and two hour waits led to the installation of their first wine cellar and the now infamous wine list.
The story of the New Theatre Building starts in 1986 when The Theatre for The New City took out a large mortgage at 155 Second Ave. The company began to struggle and eventually a lien was issued against their mortgage. It was at this time that they forged an alliance with two developers (Jerry Rosengarten and Michael Waldman) who bought the air rights to the theatre and built a condo over the exiting structure.
If you love the East Village but need the luxury of a high end condo, The A Building Condo is exactly what you have been looking for. Uniquely located at the northern tip of the East Village, many are drawn to this building because of the combination of location and amenities. It was built in 2007 and stands 8 stories high. The apartments on the higher floors have amazing unobstructed northern and southern city views out of their floor to ceiling windows.
110 3rd Ave between East 13th and 14th Streets is one of the more desired buildings downtown because of its location between Union Square, the East Village and Gramercy. Located on the site of the former Variety Arts Theater, this new construction condo rises 21 floors giving most of its 77 apartments amazing open city views.
Georgetown Plaza is a great downtown option for buyers. As a condop, this co-op building operates under condominium rules. The numerous benefits to this include unlimited subletting and flexible financing. The central location is a plus as well, with subways at the corner of Broadway and Eighth Street, 14th St Union Square, and there is cross-town bus service on Eighth and Ninth Streets.
I love sushi- but what I don’t love is spending tons of money on it. I’ve tried to get around it – buying from the grocery store and even gambling my gastrointestinal health at stands and convenience stores where things look just a bit off – neither of which have been good options. So, what do I do when I am craving sushi, but running low on funds? I head over to Nori.
Have you ever walked into a place and thought, I wish I could order from here every night? That’s the way I feel about Café Viva. It’s pizza, yes, but done in a way that is not only incredibly tasty, but not bad for you either. And while I still love coming in to talk with the friendly staff and have a vegetarian slice with cornmeal crust, it’s the kind of food that would be perfect to curl up on the couch with while you watch a movie.
This rental building is located at the cross roads of downtown living. You are within five minutes of Union Square, Washington Park and Astor Place. This building features studios, one-bedroom duplexes and townhouses. If you are lucky enough to snag one of the downstairs duplexes you will find yourself sitting in your garden enjoying the Sunday Times surrounded by ivy and dogwood trees.
This is a dangerous location for food lovers! Blackhound Bakery is right downstairs and the famous Veselka Polish diner is one block away. You can sit out front and enjoy your iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts-before heading across the street to take advantage of the twice weekly farmers market.
Developer Michael Namers new LEED certified luxury condo dubbed The Village Green is offering some of the most eco-friendly apartments the city has seen to date. Once the site of a former parking garage, this condo “is all about being green and 21st century living,” according to Namer.
It’s so typical NY: a gem of a find in the most hidden of spots. Such is the situation for Bespoke Chocolates.
Co-owned by Rachel Zoe Insler, this award-winning artisanal chocolaterie was established just last year, specializing in luxury handcrafted chocolates created that are always fresh. A brief conversation with Rachel and her lovely fiancé led us to a discussion that one would otherwise have mistaken for describing wines rather than chocolates, diving into the importance of the “terroir” of the different confections.