East Village

Cool Listings, East Village

Listing photos by Hayley Ellen Day for DD Reps

This penthouse at 50 Avenue A is just under $2 million, and it has a lot going for it for that price. To start, the two-bedroom layout is split among three floors, which includes a living room terrace, a solarium, and a roof deck overlooking the low-scale neighborhood. The interiors are the perfect mix of modern finishes and artsy touches, all with cool views of the historic Church of the Most Holy Redeemer around the corner.

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Cool Listings, East Village

Listing photos by Yale Wagner for Sotheby’s International Realty

Artist William Wegman is best known for his fantastical photos of his Weimaraner dogs, which were even turned into a series of murals at the 23rd Street F, M subway station. Early in his career, he bought the East Village building at 431 East 6th Street, a former synagogue, turning it into his studio and residence. In 1996, he sold it to poet Paola Igliori, and other owners over the years have included artist Jack Sal, curator Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, and documentary filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Now, the very unique space is looking for a new artist-in-residence. The main-floor duplex is being sold for $2,749,000 or along with the street-level art gallery for $5,495,000.

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Cool Listings, East Village, Historic Homes

Listing photos by Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty

Abstract expressionist artist Jay Rosenblum moved into this East Village townhouse at 502 East 11th Street 50 years ago, setting up his studio in the skylit space on the top floor. Though he passed away in 1989 at age 55 from a bike accident (his wife Muriel passed away in September), the home is owned by his daughters, Julia Crane and Maria Rosenblum, according to Mansion Global. Now, for the first time in five decades, they’ve put the home, which they call “Bohemian rhapsody” for its 1960s/70s vibes, on the market for $3,995,000. Built in 1836, the 4,000-square-foot townhouse is the oldest on the block and is configured as four apartments.

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Cool Listings, East Village

Listing photos by Russ Ross Photography

This East Village co-op is technically a one-bedroom, which may make the $1,895,000 ask seem a bit high. But the 1,200-square-foot spread has two floors, a bonus media room, and a nearly 550-square-foot tri-level terrace that feels like a true urban oasis. Located at 425 East 9th Street, the home has contemporary interiors with exposed brick accents and excellent closet space.

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East Village

Photo of 770 Broadway (cropped) via Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this month, the Kmart on Astor Place, a strangely beloved neighborhood fixture, closed abruptly after 25 years. The store at 770 Broadway was one of only two locations in Manhattan; the Penn Station outpost closed in early 2020. Now, landlord Vornado Realty Trust has announced that they will bring in Wegmans grocery store as the new tenant, scheduled to open in the second half of 2023.

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Cool Listings, East Village

All photos courtesy of Luciane Serifovic

A one-of-a-kind penthouse in the East Village has returned to the market asking nearly $5 million less than when it listed in 2018. Custom designed by former HBO CEO Michael Fuchs as a “house in the sky,” the apartment at 130 East 12th Street measures over 6,500 square feet across three floors, with extra square footage found in the form of two outdoor spaces. It’s currently asking $7,850,000.

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Cool Listings, East Village

Listing photos by Krisztina Crane from Evan Joseph

The secluded, bi-level roof terrace at this two-bedroom Greenwich Village co-op is truly magical. Located at 49 East 12th Street, between University and Broadway, the seventh-floor outdoor space overlooks the low-scale neighborhood while still providing views of the larger skyline. The split-level interior is just as cozy, with a wood-burning fireplace, exposed brick walls, and a solarium bedroom. It’s asking $2,095,000.

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East Village, Events, Lower East Side

Photo of a previous year’s Festival by Melvin Audaz

In 1987, Avenue C was renamed Loisaida Avenue, “a Spanglish name for the Lower East Side, connoting the Puerto Rican and Latinx community which have had a significant presence there since the mid-20th century,” explained Village Preservation executive director Andrew Berman. That same year on the Sunday before Memorial Day, the vibrant community hosted the first Loisaida Festival to celebrate their neighborhood’s culture. Thirty-four years later, and the Festival is still going strong. For the second year, the event will be virtual on two Sundays–May 23 and 30–featuring an exciting roster of musicians, performers, and family-friendly entertainment.

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City Living, East Village

Photo by Americasroof via Wikimedia Commons

After 42 years, the East Village’s legendary Pyramid Club has closed permanently, as was first reported by EV Grieve. The club at 101 Avenue A is “credited with creating the East Village drag and gay scenes of the 1980s, launching a new politically-conscious form of drag performance art in the early 1980s,” according to Andrew Berman of Village Preservation, and is the place where celebrated performers such as Lady Bunny and RuPaul got their start. The Pyramid Club has remained closed since the pandemic began, as nightclubs were never permitted to reopen until now, but the burden of the past year made the owners decide to shut down for good.

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East Village, Restaurants

Photo by City Foodsters on Flickr

Big Gay Ice Cream’s first brick-and-mortar location has permanently closed, as EV Grieve reported on Thursday. The East Village store at 125 East 7th Street opened its doors in 2011 after operating as an ice cream truck for two years. According to the neighborhood blog, the store has been closed since Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus pandemic “pause” order in March and now a for-rent sign hangs in the window.

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