The East Village is one of the more unique neighborhoods in the City with a "happening" reputation and colorful past. While the areas close to Fifth Avenue have always been popular, revitalization further east has transformed the East Village into an entity of its own. Once considered the stepsister of the West Village, the East Village is catching up to its neighbor with its own trendy cafes, boutiques, and art galleries. In its early years, the East Village was home to the Stuyvesants, Astors, and Vanderbilts. The neighborhood then saw waves of immigrant groups followed by the Beat, Hippie and Punk generations - each leaving its imprint.
Located in lower Manhattan, the area stretches from 14th Street to Houston Street and from Bowery Street to the East River. The East Village consists mostly of walkups, which are being renovated; conventional high-rise apartment buildings are not as prevalent. While it still maintains a hip, happening feel, the East Village is seeing more families arrive, and many young professionals now call it home. The refurbished Tompkins Park is the main park in the East Village, offering a welcome respite from city life.