You'd be staying in a quite street, one block from Tompkins Square Park. You'd be walking distance to all the cool East Village bars and restaurants. When leaving in a hurry you can get a cab in a second on 1st ave or A, depending on whether you're going uptown or downtown. Active lifestyle? You'd be 4 blocks away from the East River Promenade; it's perfect to run/bike by the river, and play sports like soccer or baseball.