The East Village is part of Greenwich Village, and yet is a neighborhood in and of itself. Toady many people just think of Greenwich Village as being the West Village, west of Broadway. A talking tour of the East Village will take you past historic brownstones, landmarks like the ones listed below, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries with foods from all over the world. It is a place to come for a walking tour when you are in the mood to shop until you drop, literally. Fortunately, as you walk around you have three parks where you can sit down and rest, East River Park, Tompkins Square Park and Washington Square Park on the western boundary. Try to map your route so that you hit one of the parks at regular intervals to give yourself a chance to sit and rest. This map will give you a good idea of the boundaries of the East Village, New York http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=438, If possible, try and spend some time here at night. That is when the East Village comes to life and you can turn your walking tour into a night club experience. It is a must if you want to get a true picture of the East Village, New York.
Tompkins Square Park
Tompkins Square Park is a good size park for the middle of the city at 10 acres. If you are lucky, you will have a chance to see some of the street performers.
East River Park
East River Park does not show on the map, but it is a great green space to just come and rest and get some pictures of the Queens and Brooklyn coast lines.
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is about the same size as Tompkins Square Park, but rectangular instead of square. If you look at the positions of the three parks on the map- East River is to the right and runs north to south, so you will hit it no matter what cross street you are using- you can see how easy it is to work them into your walking tour plan. Make sure you stop and see the Washington Square Arch. It makes a great picture.
Joseph Papp Public Theater
Get in touch with them before you come. They sponsor free Shakespear in the park and you might be lucky enough to get here on a performance night. This years production is Romeo And Juliet. The performances are in Central Park and are not to be missed if at all possible.
Cooper Union is an institution of higher learning to say the least. The buildings make for great pictures, but check out their schedule. They have events open to the public all the time like lectures and book signings.