The zigzagging streets and charming brownstones of Greenwich Village have a far more laid back atmosphere than most neighborhoods in the city. The center of New York's gay and student communities lies here, with a variety of funky shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafés. By the early 1900s, the Village had fully established itself as the center of radical thinking in the United States. Famous reformers, artists and intellectuals all gathered here and many still do. Do not miss a visit to Washington Square Park, where you will experience the nexus of it all!
Part cabaret, game room, bar and performance space, this West Village haunt is considered an institution by many locals. Boasting the city's oldest cabaret, it features top quality entertainers on a regular basis. After a sultry show, stop by the piano bar downstairs and join the lively singing crowd. Chill in the newly-renovated upstairs bar and enjoy its awesome sound system and three flat panel TVs. The outdoor cafe is one of the best places to people-watch in the West Village.
The area where Christopher Park sits has been inhabited by Europeans since the early 1600's. The Director-General of New Netherland ran a tobacco farm and the famous Irish sea-captain Peter Warren also owned property here. In fact, the park takes its name from the eponymous street in honor Charles Christopher Amos, heir to the Warren estate. Over the following centuries as Greenwich Village developed, the encroachment of residential property forced the city to declare the park a public space in 1837. As the fortunes of the Village ebbed and flowed in the 19th and 20th Centuries, the park often garnered a reputation as a dangerous place. The park is also known as a site that lit the fuse for the liberation of gay rights when the tragic Stonewall Riots broke out in 1969. Christopher Park received a complete facelift in 1986 and many of the historic elements were restored, like the 130-year old fence and statue of General Sheridan from 1936. In homage to the LGBT movement, the statue 'Gay Liberation' by George Segal was installed in 1992.
La Mama Experimental Theatre Club or La Mama E.T.C was founded by Ellen Stewart, and has been entertaining the people of New York since 1961. This theater believes in improvising, producing and presenting completely off-beat, original works. Performing artistes whether emerging or established are supported and given a platform to perform and network with artistic directors, script-writers and producers. The gallery space can be rented for exhibitions and private events too.