The last time I documented this area was way back during the first week of the site, when I covered 14th St and 15th St, so it was nice to come back and take a closer look at the 1st Avenue side of things. This street is dominated by two things: One is the unavoidable Stuyvesant Town to the east and the other is the rounded corner building of Beth Israel Hospital to the west. Because of Stuy-town's 9-block coverage of 1st Avenue, the street here has a secondary north-bound lane which allows for easier access to the mega block and it's stores.
I noticed as I approached 17th St, that this particular stretch was called Dvorak Pl which – after a little research – I found was named for Antonín Dvořák, a composer who lived here in the late 19th Century.
This area is just on the edge of the east village – it's not quite east or south enough. But there's still a good amount of character (in the form of tags, stickers and miscellaneous street art) to be found.