The East Village neighbourhood is located east of Greenwich Village, giving it its name. The neighbourhood has been called Alphabet City thanks to the single letter names of Avenues passing through it (A,B,C,D).
East Village was for a long time known for being dangerous. However with time the neighbourhood first became bohemian, inhabited by artists, and then increasingly gentrified. Nowadays, East Village is a smarter, more middle class area, though still inhabited by diverse communities: Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Italians and Latin Americans. The East Village neighbourhood is home to St Mark’s Church the second oldest church in Manhattan, as well as Union Square, known for its history of rallies and demonstrations.
Also worth visiting: the large, 4-hectare Tompkins Square Park, famous for its majestic beeches, and the theatre, Performance Space 122.