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The East Village is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The neighborhood is bounded by 14th Street on the north, the East River on the east, Houston Street on the south, and Broadway on the west. It lies east of Greenwich Village, south of Gramercy and Stuyvesant Town, and north of the Lower East Side. The East Village encompasses the neighborhoods of Alphabet City (Avenues A - D) and NoHo (Houston Street - Astor Place, Broadway to the Bowery.)
Genesis of the name
Until the 1960s, the eastern side of Manhattan between 14th and Houston streets was simply the northern part of the Lower East Side, and shared much of its immigrant, working class characteristics with the area below Houston Street. A shift began in the 1950s with the migration of Beatniks into the neighborhood, and then hippies, musicians and artists in the 1960s. The area was dubbed the "East Village", to dissociate it from the image of slums evoked by the Lower East Side name, and to present the area as the new Greenwich Village, which had been popular with artists, but had become stodgy and middle-class by then.
Newcomers and real estate brokers popularized the East Village name, and the term was adopted by the popular media the by the mid-60s. As East Village developed a culture distinct from the rest of the Lower East Side, the two areas came to be seen as two separate neighborhoods rather that the former being part of the latter.
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