The West Village, NYC thrives and is one of the most popular nabes to frequent. Whether you’re sifting through the area’s record and vintage stores, grabbing cocktails at a izakaya-themed drinking den with your best chums, or attending an epic drag performance, the Village is jam-packed with historic and new gems. The area’s bohemian population may have dwindled years ago, but a few old landmarks remain. Raise a glass at one of the most legendary bars in NYC, White Horse Tavern, a favorite of such literary luminaries as Ezra Pound, Norman Mailer and Dylan Thomas, or enjoy a jazz set at the legendary Village Vanguard. While the gay scene has largely migrated north, the West Village played a pivotal role in the gay-rights movement, and many shops, bars and restaurants along Christopher Street from Sheridan Square to the Hudson River pier are out, loud and proud, including the historic Stonewall Inn.
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