If you're looking to start your New York Pride week with a touch of history, stop off at The Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher), the NYC gay bar where the LGBTQ rights movement was touched off. And if drag's your thing, check out their newest talent, Lady Bunny in Trans Jested, Monday through Wednesday in June.
If you're looking to make the West Village bar rounds, take a stroll intoThe Duplex (61 Christopher). You can't miss this hangout's twinkling lettering in the windows, just off the Christopher Street stop, and you won't want to miss its piano bar — open until 4 a.m.
A cold treat is never a bad idea in the middle of a pumpin' Pride party — or more specifically, a cold treat at the West Village's Big Gay Ice Cream (61 Grove Street). Decorated to the theme of the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls (please look out for Andy Warhol-style homage to Estelle Getty), this stop couldn't be any more appropriate for a week of celebration. If the day's fun takes you east, stop in to their location at 125 East 7th Street.
'P' is for 'pride' and 'pizza.' And if you want to incorporate the latter into your party (another 'p!'), you might want to considerJoe's Pizza (7 Carmine Street). A cheap slice, a beer, and go! How's that for an official pride motto?
If you're looking to class up your day with a sit-down meal, check out Top Chef Masters alum Anita Lo'sAnnisa (13 Barrow). With a menu fully loaded with dishes boasting French, Chinese and American influences, save some room for a delicious, inventive dinner.
A casual sandwich break is never a bad complement to the day, and The Grey Dog (49 Carmine) has got plenty of solid lunch selections — without the hassle of a reservation. And if you are finding the wait a bit much, visit any of their three other locations in and near lower Manhattan.
There's never a bad time to mix in a little activism with your day.Bluestockings (172 Allen) is 100 percent volunteer-run and boasts a fair trade cafe and plenty of radical lit, including titles on feminist, political theory, gender studies, global capitalism, and more.
What's a day out on the town without a little thrifting? Long an ally working to help the LGBTQ community and those living with AIDS, Housing Works Thrift Shop(245 W. 10th) has some decorative gems, and all profits go back to the New York community in need. Check out any of their other NYC locations for more.
If you want to head east for another spot with some good LGBT reads, Strandbook store (828 Broadway) near Union Square has a wide selection. In fact, this store has 18 miles of new, used and rare books of all kinds, so plan for at least an hour to get lost.