The East Village may conjure visions of beat poets reading from tattered notebooks, punks in Tompkins Square Park, worn-down tenements, and...well, yeah, that’s part of it. The neighborhood south of 14th street and north of Houston has a storied history and a wild legacy, and it’s these things that make it one of New York’s most enduringly important (and culturally rich) neighborhoods.
As the city has changed around it, the East Village hasn’t stayed the same either, but it’s always maintained a certain artistic spirit and eccentricity that make it special, in both the enduring old school spots hidden on its side streets and in the new class of restaurants, cafes, vintage stores, clubs, and bars constantly popping up throughout the neighborhood.
In short, there’s an inordinate amount of stuff to experience—the strange, the old, the new, the weird, the chic, and on and on and on. In keeping with this anarchic spirit, we went ahead and did away with check-in and check-out times at our East Village hideout, The Standard, East Village. That’s right—now you can check in and out whenever you want (for a nominal fee), which will free you up to scratch things of your East Village To-Do List (or just check-in early and catch a nap before you head out). All you have to do is select Standard Time at booking.
We went ahead and rounded up some of the coolest, weirdest, most East Village spots you can wander into.