St. Marks is perhaps one of the most well-known streets in the East Village and it is a true reflection of the Bohemian culture that thrives in this neighborhood. The East Village became a huge cultural center in the late 60s and early 70s with the arrival of many artists, musicians, and writers. While it was once also considered a part of the Lower East Side, the two neighborhoods grew to have distinctively different cultures, the village being more geared toward artists and artisans. Everywhere you turn in this neighborhood, art is a prominent part of its culture. From tiled street lights, to sidewalk sculptures, the East Village is rich with cultural diversity.