The West Village’s charm rests in its 19th-century townhouses and cobblestone streets. They look much the same as they did when the neighborhood was at the center of some of history’s most influential social and countercultural movements, including the breakthrough of experimental theater and beat literature, the fight for housing preservation and the national gay liberation movement. The neighborhood proudly displays its diversity to this day. It’s a pleasure to get lost on its streets, which are outside Manhattan’s grid system.
The West Village is known as one of the City’s foremost neighborhoods for LGBTQ culture. In this video, we explore the venues that give the neighborhood its character.
Here’s where to shop, drink and see a drag show in the West Village.
The charming Manhattan neighborhood abounds with buzzy new restaurants, old-school eateries and plenty of secret spots.
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Home to NYU’s Percussion Studies department (a program that trains students in everything from classical drumming styles to Stomp!-inspired Broadway percussion techniques), this massive musician’s workshop features more than 2,500 square feet of group rehearsal space, individual practice rooms and one of the largest collections of high-end percussion instruments in the world—including gongs, marimbas and the world’s largest timpani—all for use by NYU music students.
Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein coauthored this musical comedy, based on the 2005 indie film hit of the same name. A young man (aided by a wise, witty drag queen) saves his family’s struggling shoe business by producing sexy women’s shoes…for men.
Manhattan's City Winery has hosted its share of big-name recording artists in recent years, but for many in the area, it's the weekly Klezmer Brunch that has turned this spot into a local institution. An ideal combination of great food, music and culture, CW's Klezmer Brunches are held every Sunday, with the traditional Jewish folk music provided by top performers like Metropolitan Klezmer, Isle of Klezbos and Michael Winograd. You needn't be of Jewish ancestry to appreciate the taste of real lox and bagels—and the sound of this timeless and passionate musical form.