DOWNTOWN MOVED UPTOWN: THE "HIP RENAISSANCE" OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE
On a three-block stretch of Second Avenue, you’ll find: a plethora of affordable international mom and pop restaurants, a famed haunt of famous writers, vintage clothes bargains at a pair of thrift stores, a vape shop, gay bar and secret speakeasy hidden inside an otherwise innocuous ice cream parlor. Nothing out of the ordinary for this place, the East Village has long been a bastion of Gotham’s eclectic artsy cutting-edge culture.
Only you’re not in the East Village. Oh, you’re still on Second Ave, just a few blocks uptown — more specifically 80 blocks uptown. You’re in Yorkville, New York’s hottest and best kept secret.
Wait a minute! When did Yorkville, long the land of dowagers and doyennes get hip? Or better question how?
As any good sleuth will tell you, the answer to any mystery can be found by following the money — or in this case, affordability. Years of construction on the Second Avenue subway made this already out-of-way neighborhood difficult to navigate. Retail rents adjusted accordingly. Similarly, early career New Yorkers who formerly flocked to once affordable areas like the Lower East Side and Hell’s Kitchen were lured in by dropping rents and the opening of Q Train stations on this Upper East Side corridor. By 2017, the now-defunct DNA Info dubbed this once sleepy urban hamlet “Manhattan’s ‘Hottest’ Neighborhood.”
Among the area’s many new entrepreneurs is Charlie McCoy of the newly opened Artisan Barbers on Second Avenue at 90th Street. A resident of the area, McCoy saw the need for a downtown style barbershop to this soon-to-boom area. And as a former member of the grooming staff of Kiehl’s, McCoy has opened his own line of hair care products (available online and on-premises) and even convinced some of his celebrity clientele to make the trip uptown.
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