According to Wiktionary the definition of funky is: "Not quite right; offbeat, unconventional or eccentric; Of or pertaining to the smell of funk." To me no place better personifies the definition of FUNK than the Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York City.
I had an appointment in the Village recently on a rainy afternoon. I'd like to take you around to see some of the sights I saw that day of one of my most favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan. I've already shown you a few places and events in Greenwich Village in prior posts, and you can go back at this link and scroll through them all -- the famous Halloween parade, the Art Fair held along the perimeters of Washington Square, the former home of poet e.e.cummings at Patchin Place. To read about McSorley's --the oldest Irish tavern in NYC in the East Village, go to this link.
"Since the 1950s the Café Wha? has been a favorite hot spot cornered in the heart
of Greenwich Village. The 60s was an impressionable and revolutionary era.
Artists of the time frequented the Café Wha? as it was known to be a sanctuary
for talent; Allen Ginsberg regularly sipped his cocktails here. The Café Wha?
was the original stomping ground for prodigies Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Bruce
Springsteen, Peter, Paul & Mary, Kool and the Gang, as well as comedians,
Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby also began their road to stardom on this historic
stage. The Café Wha? encompassed the Beat Generation and continues to hold tight.to its spirit, entertaining all walks of life."
"The Groove is the only place in New York City to hear live R&B, Funk,
& Soul music 7 nights a week. What started off as a group of talented
musicians jamming at the legendary 101 bar in the early 90s, has evolved into a
roster of rotating house bands comprised of the best musicians, and performers
in the city. Sure the bands have changed slightly over the years, but as
musicians have come and gone, the thing that remains consistent about the Groove is the unbelievable talent of all the bands."
Did you notice the mural on their exterior wall? Now that's what I call "FUNK"!
To see more Theme Thursday "Funk" entries go the the Mr. Linky links on the Theme Thursday blog.