The Time for Christopher Street

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots which not only ushered in the Gay liberation movement, but established New York’s Christopher Street has the culture’s de-facto HQ.

Since that time Christopher Street — and the entire West Village — have morphed from Libertine play-pen to low-rent(boy) tourist trap to the cutesy stomping-ground of Sex and the City wanna-bes.

But now Christopher Street is evolving an entirely new sheen. Smart, directional boutiques have emerged. Bijoux, fashion-forward restaurants are opening shop. And style-minded guys of all stripes are replacing the Magnolia-munching masses — THANK GOD!

It’s a movement on the ascent — now validated by those ultra-validators themselves, The New York Times.

In this week’s T Men’s Fashion issue, a (fascinatingly written) Style Map charts the trend, including visits to key Christopher Street destinations such as shoe-emporium Leffot (above) and the fragrance-opia, Aedes de Venustas.

We’ll see you there — if The Times ever pays us!

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