20 WEST VILLAGE
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’.