[photo: the Alamo, also known as the Astor Place Cube, © NYCfoto]

In the ’80s Avenues A through D, or “Alphabet City,” were progressively  scary. No limos on these blocks then, no 5-star restaurants with waiting  lists. I preferred it rough ‘cause it kept the East Village unpopular. The upside now is that Avenue C, or “Loisaida,” retains the good civic  feeling EV once had, with community services, fairs, and gardens. It’s  also heavily Latin and worlds away from NYU-ified Second Avenue.
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Once poor and marginal, EV is now the mecca of the nouveau riche.  Gone  are the edgy times in New York when Times Square was seedy, the seaport  stank of fish, and the nervous stayed uptown. 

East Village: 1980s By Marilyn Recht

[photo: the Alamo, also known as the Astor Place Cube, © NYCfoto]

In the ’80s Avenues A through D, or “Alphabet City,” were progressively scary. No limos on these blocks then, no 5-star restaurants with waiting lists. I preferred it rough ‘cause it kept the East Village unpopular. The upside now is that Avenue C, or “Loisaida,” retains the good civic feeling EV once had, with community services, fairs, and gardens. It’s also heavily Latin and worlds away from NYU-ified Second Avenue.


Once poor and marginal, EV is now the mecca of the nouveau riche. Gone are the edgy times in New York when Times Square was seedy, the seaport stank of fish, and the nervous stayed uptown.

East Village: 1980s By Marilyn Recht