New York City’s rebel spirit is alive and well in the West Village, a section of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood that’s known for its activism, bohemianism and art. From the pub that was the site of the Stonewall Uprising, to the legendary Smalls Jazz Club, these things to do are all bookable through Culture Trip.
The West Village has a long history of human rights advocacy. In 1969, the Stonewall Inn was the site of the Stonewall Riots, a clash between bar patrons and the New York Police Department. Having ignited a global LGBTQ rights movement, the bar is now a National Historic Landmark. Outside the inn’s door, you’ll find Christopher Park, home of George Segal’s Gay Liberation Monument, which depicts two same-sex couples in white-coated bronze.
This stylish Italian café has an almighty claim to fame: it was the first place in America to serve a cappuccino. Having opened in 1927, Caffe Reggio still serves nonna-style comfort food, including penne pasta with pesto, velvety ricotta cheesecake and melt-in-your-mouth cannoli, plus a wine and coffee list that would make its ancestors proud. With European-inspired sidewalk seating and homey interior, this historic spot allows you to explore the culinary offerings of Italy without leaving New York.
At Sticky’s Finger Joint, the fried and grilled chicken tenders come with a twist, with inventive flavors such as salted caramel with pretzel salt, and the spicy Vampire Killer. The menu also contains six spins on fries, including the sweet s’more fries topped with marshmallow sauce, chocolate sauce, crushed graham crackers and mini marshmallows. Sticky’s late-night hours and nostalgic dishes make it a go-to when you need a midnight nibble.
This petite, renegade bookstore has existed at 34 Carmine Street for more than 25 years. Owner Jim Drougas scoops up “remainders” (overstocked titles sold by publishers) he deems important and likely to have a positive impact on readers and the world. Although Drougas doesn’t consider himself an ideologue, his stock does suggest a certain sensibility. You won’t find Ayn Rand on the shelves at Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books, but you will find William Shakespeare, Allen Ginsberg and Sufi poet Rumi.
The IFC Center is where New York’s film buffs go to catch foreign, indie and documentary films, and a smattering of cult classics. The theater runs a monthly program selected by LGBTQ guest curators, and each November hosts DOC NYC, the country’s largest and most celebrated documentary festival. Keep an eye out for upcoming live Q&As with industry folk, and don’t forget to try the popcorn – it’s organic and smothered in melted natural butter.