My Manhattan: by St Vincent

My Manhattan: by St Vincent

Riding high on her collaboration with David Byrne, indie singer St Vincent reveals her home-town tips.

The Bowery Ballroom, Delancey Street
‘This is my favourite music venue. It has so much history. The atmosphere is a bit dingy, like having dirty fingernails, but it’s cosy, familiar and vibier than other places.’

La MaMa, East 4th Street
‘It may be a nondescript black-box theatre, but La MaMa’s programmes are always creative, thoughtful and experimental, which is why it’s the staple of the downtown art scene.’

Film Forum, West Houston Street
‘The best movie theatre in New York; its concession stand is always good for people-watching – from older Manhattanites in eccentric outfits to freaks.’

White Columns, West 13th Street
‘I go to this gallery for inspiration. It’s a blank canvas with good exhibitions, such as the Lynda Morris show I went to recently.’

Le Poisson Rouge, Bleecker Street
‘A great, intimate space: David and I went to a James Blake gig here. Yoko Ono once turned the entrance into a crazy installation, as if you were walking into a psychedelic womb.’

The Beacon Theatre, Broadway
‘This is the only room in New York that can house a performance with lots of lights, staging and choreography, so it was perfect for our show.’

‘Love This Giant’ by David Byrne and St Vincent is out now (

As told to Melanie Abrams. Published in Conde Nast Traveller August 2013.

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