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City Living, East Village

Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated the Phase 2 reopening with a visit to Astor Place Hairstylists on June 23, 2020. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

Another New York City institution will close its doors this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Astor Place Hairstylists in the East Village, which opened in the 1940s and is known for its affordable prices, multilingual stylists, and celebrity clientele, will shutter at the end of November, as the New York Post reported. Hair salons and barbershops were allowed to open in June as part of the city’s second phase of reopening, but a lack of business, and no additional federal funding, has forced the iconic barbershop to close.

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Cool Listings, East Village

$1.9M two-bedroom co-op exudes East Village character

By Dana Schulz, Tue, September 15, 2020

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Thanks to its tall ceilings, Juliet balcony, and overall eclectic vibe, this apartment could easily pass for a Parisian pad or a London flat, but it’s actually right here in the East Village. True to the neighborhood’s charm, the two-bedroom co-op at 307 East 12th Street is full of character, and it’s asking $1,895,000.

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Cool Listings, East Village

A sunny solarium sets this $1.6M East Village condo apart

By Dana Schulz, Wed, September 9, 2020

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

At first glance, this one-bedroom condo at 407 East 12th Street is pretty standard, from its contemporary interiors to the $1.6 million price tag. But this East Village home is quite special thanks to a duplex layout, sunny solarium, and a landscaped multi-level terrace.

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East Village, Restaurants

Photo of Veselka by James and Karla Murray for 6sqft. See more here >>

After closing in March, Veselka reopened for takeout and delivery at the end of April, and both their main location and their secondary spot in the Market Line food hall are open for outdoor dining. But like so many others across the city, the 66-year-old Ukrainian restaurant is struggling without indoor dining. In a video interview with photographers James and Karla Murray, second-generation co-owner Tom Birchard said, “We need to have more tables than we have right now to survive long-term.”

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condos, East Village, New Developments

All renderings by VUW

It’s been five-and-a-half years since the buildings at 119, 121, and 123 Second Avenue were destroyed in a deadly gas explosion caused by an illegal tap into the gas main. The corner site at 45 East 7th Street now has a new life as a boutique condo by architect Morris Adjmi who, in his firm’s trademark, designed a building sympathetic to its surroundings. Dubbed No45e7, the 21-unit East Village building just launched sales, which range from $1.35 million one-bedrooms to $4 million two- and three-bedrooms, along with an $8.3 million penthouse. A major perk of the project is that each apartment has its own private terrace.

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GVSHP, History, maps

Screenshot of the 19th Amendment Centennial StoryMap, courtesy of Village Preservation

Next week, on August 18th, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Though the fight to give women the right to vote was a national effort, much of the movement had roots in New York City. And like most 20th-century advocacy efforts, a lot of that action was centered downtown. To mark this momentous occasion, Village Preservation has created an interactive 19th Amendment Centennial StoryMap that showcases the remarkable number of people and places in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and Noho that played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement.

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Cool Listings, East Village

Listing images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

It’s probably still shocking to old-time New Yorkers that getting a two-bedroom for under $1 million in the East Village is considered a deal, but that’s the case today. This duplex co-op at 103 East 10th Street comes in at $995,000, and in addition to its two floors and two bedrooms, it’s got a perfectly peaceful private patio.

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Cool Listings, East Village

Image Credit: Warburg Realty/Martin Davis

From the outside, this East Village building still looks like a traditional tenement synagogue, but inside it’s an incredible four-story home. Located at 317 East 8th Street, the former 8th Street Shul was built around 1900 and converted to a private residence in 2005. It’s now available to rent for $30,000 a month. The new tenant will get to enjoy 22-foot cathedral ceilings in the living room, custom windows with a 19th-century backlit Star of David, a cantilevered balcony, and three outdoor terraces, including a landscaped roof deck with a hot tub.

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East Village, Restaurants

Photo © James and Karla Murray exclusively for 6sqft

After a two month break, McSorely’s Old Ale House officially reopened on Friday. The East Village watering hole, which claims to be the oldest bar in New York City, announced a new take out menu, including its two ale options, light or dark, served in to-go growlers. The reopening comes after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus, the longest the historic bar has ever been closed, as EV Grieve first reported.

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City Living, East Village

Gem Spa, St. Mark's Place

Photo by Alex Lozupone on Wiki Commons

A fixture on the corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue in the East Village for 100 years, Gem Spa has permanently closed. The store, considered home to New York’s best egg cream, had been struggling financially due to the gentrification of the neighborhood, as well as the loss of its cigarette and lottery licenses last year. While a fundraising effort launched last fall by current owner Parul Patel helped temporarily, the coronavirus pandemic “ultimately sealed the fate” of the institution.

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