I'll be moving to the city soon and was wondering about St. Mark's Place. I understand the area has been significantly gentrified as of late (the street is teaming with fro-yo places and Asian restaurants, etc) and from what I've seen, I love the East Village - tons to do, easy access, neighborhoody feel. The building I'm looking at is about as close to 3rd Ave as you could be, so extremely close to Astor Place (4,5,6) and 8th Street (N,R) as well, not near Alphabet City. The downside is that people have been telling me the street noise can be pretty loud at night. But I was there at night looking at a building and to be honest, with the A/C unit going combined with the relatively thick walls of the building, I couldn't even hear any street noise. So what's your opinion on this location and this street/block in particular? Too wild/edgy/noisy, or a good option if a good apartment can be found? Thanks for all your advice.
Edit: just want to clarify, the place I'm looking at is on the 5th floor, and I was actually there very late on a Friday night (broker was able to get us the general keys for a day so we could check out the empty apartment when we pleased), but still heard almost no noise with the A/C running on low (I think this building has very good walls, at least much better than you would expect). My concern is also more the weird look I get from people when I tell them I'm considering St. Marks. They say "you're going to LIVE on st. marks??" Must be the noise/freakshow factor I guess, but it doesn't seem to bother me. I'm just not sure if I'm totally off-base with my initial assessment of the neighborhood or not, or if I'm missing something.