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Old 12-05-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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Hello,

Just wondering, how would you describe the culture and demographics of the East Village versus the west village?

Thanks
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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Hello,

Just wondering, how would you describe the culture and demographics of the East Village versus the west village?

Thanks
Probably a difference in sexual culture.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:57 AM
 
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Younger crowd in the East Village, more diversity?
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:16 AM
 
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Both are expensive and full of downtown creative types.

Housing stock is far superior in the West Village (brownstones vs. tenements) so the demographics skew older and more affluent. It’s also been gentrified longer; artsy types from the 70s and 80s are still around. In very general terms, the East Village is twenty- to thirtysomethings and the West Village is fortysomethings and older. The West Village also has a much larger population of celebrities. The East Village has some housing projects that effect the demographic.

Bars and restaurants show a similar divide with the ones on the westside being quieter and more expensive.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Both are expensive and full of downtown creative types.

Housing stock is far superior in the West Village (brownstones vs. tenements) so the demographics skew older and more affluent. Itís also been gentrified longer; artsy types from the 70s and 80s are still around. In very general terms, the East Village is twenty- to thirtysomethings and the West Village is fortysomethings and older. The West Village also has a much larger population of celebrities. The East Village has some housing projects that effect the demographic.

Bars and restaurants show a similar divide with the ones on the westside being quieter and more expensive.
The West Village is my favorite neighborhood in the city but unfortunately I can't afford it. It is older, more affluent, quieter and more charming.

As far as the East Village..it's really different. I used to live there, and it's gone downhill. It is mostly people in the 20s and early 30s, but these days many of them are more yuppie/trust fund types than struggling artists. There are way too many bars, and it gets real annoying on the weekends unless you are still in that stage where you get blackout drunk and belligerent. Developers are swarming that area to buy up somewhat affordable real estate and renovate it, so my guess is that the rents are going to keep skyrocketing and more and more rich kids are going to be moving in. There is a lot more people harassing you for money in the EV than in other areas of Manhattan, and a lot more aggressive "homeless" kids who lay around on the street in huge groups and harrass people who pass by for money and cigarettes. In general, the East Village does have some gorgeous side streets, but it can be a pain to live in.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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I would call one A and one B.

Another demarcation is that the East Village is EAST of the West Village.


Hmmm, I wonder what the difference is between TURTLE BAY and KIPS BAY?
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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The West Village is older, more refined and more expensive. It used to be a gay neighborhood, though there's not much of that left outside of Christopher St. There are a lot of people in their 40s and 50s living there. Many young people also live there, but fewer than in the East Village.

The East Village is younger and grittier. Not as gritty as it used to be, but very gritty by the standards of anyone who hasn't been in NYC for years. It's also somewhat cheaper, though by no means inexpensive. It's full of recent college graduates, some working in professional positions and others artists, band members, etc. It also has a lot of bars and nightclubs, many more than the West Village (though the Meatpacking District, at the far northwestern edge of the West Village, is the center of the big, mainstream clubs in NYC).
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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If you're under 35, and not a brah or an old balding brah, or a gay man who dresses in fine suits and shaves his head clean and works out (and jerks off) naked in front of a mirror, or a boring 40something starting a family, then stay out of west village because it will be boring. You'll just find inheritance people's terrible pet project art galleries at the height of its diversity.

East village is massively Asian now, and the rest is a mix of NYU people yelling WOoOoOOO, some scruffy stragglers from LES, bars that aren't full of embarrassingly cliche'd spoken affluents from west village, but are equally dorky in their own way with students voicing their golden opinions about filmography and dumb ****. East village is more comfortable to be in tho.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:35 PM
 
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It's GAY vs Yippie vs Bohemian Gay.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:38 AM
 
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West Village does have more brownstones and "nice" apartment buildings but it has only become "affluent" really in the past decade or so. Up until the 1980's and even into a good part of the 1990's much of the Village was a mix of what it had always been; poor, working, middle, upper middle and wealthy classes.

Many of the brownstones/townhouses that have been recently converted back into single family homes were once carved up into apartments. The Meatpacking District was where you went for anonymous gay sex or to find trannie street walkers.
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