New York is a wide city
but very easy to understand. The rules to know for the people who look
for music, gigs and "alternative" culture are the following:
1) buy a confortable,
resistant and handly map, to mark the several place to visit on, in a very
strategic way. Mark the pathway to make, and do it by walk, if it's possible..
2) buy the Village
Voice, if you didn't find it free along the street or inside Tower
records or in other recordshops: it's a must if you want to know
all the NY gigs, recordshops etc etc. It costs 1,50 dollars. The alternative
is Time Out....but V.V. is better.
Place to visit
The coolest place
in Manhattam is DOWNTOWN. From West Downtown to East everithing is great!!!!!
The Greenwich Village, SoHo, the East Village (very punk 77) with St. Marks
Place, contain the best recordshops, venues, pubs and oddest and interesting
people of the city. No problem if you decide to visit them the night (of
course, stay where the crowd is!). Cross the Brooklin
bridge to see the city from the Brooklin
Promenade. In front of it there is the Pier 17. If you have planned
to do some cheap shopping go around Canal st. and the East Village.
if you have not seen any, you have to go to the Manhattam museum, from
the one of Natural History to the MOMA. No excuse to avoid to see them!
If you are from Europe you can skip some.
records, 210 Thompson st. (best value!). In the parallel streets
(i.e. in the middle of the Greenwich Village) there are many used and new
cds shops: you have just to spend some time to find them. More or less
1 day. Another one is Second Hand,
on Sullivan st. 200 and more (I found it close, but the people say
St Marks place:
is the "alternative" street…there are more or less 4/5 used recordshops…
you have to spend at least 1/2 a day there: be sure you'll never be bored!!
it's close to Soho, Bleeker st., Bowery st. etc. etc…
DON'T FORGET to bring
ALWAYS with you an IDENTITY CARD!!! In USA there is an age limit
both to drink alcool and (incredible) to attend a gig in a venue. Even
if you look like 40 you're not allowed to get into a venue and/or drink
without an identity card!!!
You can't loose the
chanse to see the CBGB!!! All the great
musicians played there! It's at 313 Bowery street. There are 2 CBGBs, one
at # 313 (the hystorical one) the other is at #315 (it's like a little
art gallery which hosts also concerts). If you can't go there the night,
visit it during the day: you have just to kindly knock and ask to enter
for few minuits: it's wonderful!!
Other cool venues:
Coney Island High
15 St. Marks Place
at the beginning
of St. Marks Place
51 West e 21st
311 West e 34th
6 (?) Delancey
Go to the leaflets
page to have an idea about the shows you can find in these places.