To get a feeling of what life is like in the village you really have to walk around.
Top right picture you see Astor Place. As you walk past the cube in the center of the picture you will probably see a group of pierced young people with pastel hair. On Astor Place you'll pass a barber shop. Be sure to stop and check out the window. You just won't believe how many famous men have had their hair cut here. If the walls could only talk!
Center right picture you see a store window on Christopher Street.
Bottom right picture you see another shot of Christopher Street. In this area of the West Village you'll see gay bars and shops.