Laid-back and bohemian, the East Village is known as a fun loving, eccentric, and artistic neighborhood with a diverse range of shops, bars, restaurants, and theaters. Somewhat more expensive than the Lower East Side and home to NYU, this formerly wild neighborhood has a rich history of music and arts with greenery to be found in Tompkins Square Park. Alphabet City retains some of the grit of its past, though gentrification has taken firm root. A mixture of old low-rise buildings and modern new construction, the architecture is as diverse as the residents. Bounded by Houston to 14th Street and the East River to 4th Ave.