East Village, N.J., is one of the last places in New York City still inhabited by the indigenous American population, whose ancestors lived in the New York area from 1619 until 1776.
It’s been a city of some 200,000 people since the early 19th century, when settlers began to settle there.
East Village’s history has been overshadowed by the development of Manhattan and its subway system, but for a group of people who have lived here for generations, the future of East Village is bright.
The Village of East is a small, mostly rural village nestled between the Hudson River and the Catskills, about 100 miles north of New York’s capital.
When it’s not busy building new houses, the Village of West, which is home to some 300 residents, is a haven for people from all over New York State who want to get out of the city.
East is home, in part, to the Village Of The Year.
In 2018, East Village won a plaque for being the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The designation honors a list of more than 3,600 neighborhoods in America that are predominantly white, predominantly African American, and predominantly Latino.
“When we were planning the awards, we thought we’d look at the best-performing areas and see what the communities in those areas are,” said Jeff Boulware, chairman of the East Village Historical Society, which was founded in 2007.
“It’s not that we’re not diverse, we’re just more diverse than most other communities in New Jersey.
We’re a bit of an anomaly.”
In the past decade, East is experiencing a major shift, thanks to climate change.
It has become hotter, and the air has become drier.
But there is still a lot of growth and vitality to the village.
In recent years, there has been a spike in construction and redevelopment projects that have attracted residents.
The development boom is the result of a state law that was passed in 2012 to boost infrastructure investment in communities like East Village.
But even before the law went into effect, there were concerns about the village’s status.
In 2014, the village board voted to close its doors to outsiders, citing “climate change, rising sea levels, and flooding,” among other issues.
“I think that was the biggest obstacle,” BoulWare said.
In 2017, the board adopted a resolution stating that East Village should not be closed to outsiders.
But the board has not given up on its dream of opening up.
“We’re just going to keep fighting,” Bousware said.
“If you want to come in, come in.”
This year, the city of East made changes to its climate-change plan to better accommodate new developments.
The city also is considering the possibility of closing East Village entirely.
“The community is in a very unique position in that it has so many residents who are climate refugees,” said Jim Ruggiero, president of the West Village Historical Association.
“They are in the midst of a very significant population change that’s taking place right now in this part of the country.”
Ruggierso said that the community has been trying to figure out how to best adapt to climate-changing events, including the drought that has affected East Village over the past few years.
The village has a community meeting every year to discuss the future, and Boulwer said he hopes to attend that meeting next year.
“There is a lot that’s happening in our community right now that I think is very important to understand,” Bouthier said.
Ruggieso said the group hopes to keep the village open, and that it’s a place where people can “have a place to get together and be together and talk about what we’re experiencing.”
But he said that East is in an “insecure environment,” and that there’s a need for a larger-scale community-building program to help alleviate some of the pressure on the village that comes from climate change and other issues affecting its residents.
“For me personally, it’s been very much about trying to find a way to make a home for our people,” Ruggie said.