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A Family's Experience in NYC's East Village

Ericka McConnell David Strah, stay-at-home father and author of the book <em>Gay Dads</em>

Photo: Ericka McConnell

Two decades ago the East Village was the last place you'd want to investigate with kids. But then the hipsters living in those tenements grew up—and started alternative public schools for their children, helped transform empty lots into community gardens, and opened galleries and cafés in the former no-man's-land of Alphabet City.

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Destinations: Manhattan · East Village · Lower East Side

Themes: Family

Inspired by: Secret NYC | T+L Family — by Jane Margolies, Published Aug. 2007

Hotels (2)

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    East Village Bed & Coffee

    A cross between a bed and breakfast (except there’s no breakfast) and a hostel, East Village Bed & Coffee is the creation of Anne Edris. Since Edri

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    Hotel on Rivington

    A high-design (and high-profile) herald of change in a once-grubby neighborhood, the glass-façaded Rivington soars above the old brick tenements of

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Restaurants (6)

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    Café Pick Me Up

    Positioned on the corner of Ave. A and East 9th St. in Alphabet City, this café is filled with mismatched chairs and makeshift tables arranged over

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    Takahachi

    The consistent freshness of the fish is what keeps this East Village restaurant afloat in a city full of sushi options. While the unassuming storef

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    Veselka

    The Ukrainian couple Wolodymyr and Olha Darmochawal traveled to New York to escape war in their own country, and inspired by fellow immigrants in t

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    Life Café

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    Esperanto

    Bright green, Caribbean turquoise, and sunshine-like yellow cover the walls of this colorful, Brazilian and South American Bistro in the East Villa

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    Gruppo

    Even those not in the neighborhood don't mind the trek over to the East Village for the ultra-thin crust of Gruppo’s pies. A simple red awning with

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Activities (12)

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    Lower Eastside Girls Club/Sweet Things Bake Shop

    Run by the Lower East Side Girls Club, Sweet Things Bake Shop offers you not only fun homemade goodies, but the chance to make a difference--when y

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    De Robertis

    Founded by Paolo DeRobertis in 1904, the tradition of DeRobertis is maintained today by his grandchildren. According to the New York Times, to ente

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    Veniero's

    Stamped copper ceilings, Italian marble floors, and stained-glass windows evoke an old world-style Italian ambiance at Veniero's Italian Bakery. Th

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    Bagel Zone

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    Little Stinkers Shoe Company

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    Giant Robot NY

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    Sons + Daughters

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    Dinosaur Hill

    Window displays packed full of furry stuffed animals, wooden play sets, and handmade clothes draw those young and young at heart into this East Vil

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    Tenement Museum

    Searching for a place to house a museum honoring American immigrants, Ruth Abram unearthed 97 Orchard Street, a historic apartment building that wa

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    El Jardin del Paraíso

    Located in the East Village on Fifth St. between Aves. C and D, El Jardin del Paraíso was created in the early 1980s after nearly a dozen tenement

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    Tompkins Square Park

    The East Village’s “backyard” is a humble patch of reclaimed swamp land where urban dwellers come to play chess, play with their kids, watch birds

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    Mary's Dairy and Chocolate Bar

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