20 WEST VIL­LAGE

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You can’t talk about New York City with­out talk­ing about the Stonewall riots. It was in the West Vil­lage, at the Stonewall

Inn, that the modern- day gay rights move­ment be­gan. LGBT+ his­tory abounds in this part of the city, from the se­cret speakeasies to the first vic­tims of the Aids cri­sis, who are re­mem­bered in a new memo­rial. Tour the area with drag queen Glace Chase’s Dream Queen Tours, with plenty of drinks in be­tween. Ad­mire the tree- lined streets and brown­stones where queer artists and po­ets of yes­ter­year once lived, or pose for a pic­ture on Car­rie Brad­shaw’s doorstep. Visit the now idyllic piers along the Hud­son River, once a notorious cruis­ing area and the former home of New York’s most fa­mous ball­room houses. By night, Christo­pher Street is still the place to be, with bars in­clud­ing Pieces, The Du­plex, Mon­ster, Han­gar Bar and the old­est gay bar in New York, Julius’.

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