New York City audio tour: The Outernet: Manhattan's West Village

The Outernet: Manhattan's West Village

Walking Tour

15 mins

About the Tour

Welcome to the Outernet, Pinball Publishing’s second outdoor internet experience to hit the streets of Manhattan.

This isn’t a walking tour. It’s an experimental, immersive bibliography with references from over 300 books, maps, and other sources specific to 1012 individual locations. You can start anywhere in the West Village and walk in any direction at your own pace: on every street, on every avenue, and at every corner, you’ll hear a list of references, many of them from New York’s most distinguished chroniclers and authoritative record keepers. When you arrive at a new location, you’ll receive a report on the age of all visible structures as well as a list of publications that have spoken about that exact spot, along with the name of the author and year of publication.

Pinball Publishing has a growing database of these references for not just the West Village but all of Manhattan. We also buy and sell the publications that make up our database, so if you would like a quote on a particular text or the list of references for a specific address, please contact us at [email protected].

Tour Producer


Pinball Publishing

Pinball Publishing is a database research firm dedicated to providing the highest quality location based information for use with new technologies.

How VoiceMap Works

Focus on your surroundings, not the screen

VoiceMap’s audio tour app uses GPS to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. Just install it, then download your tour and go to the starting point to begin your walk, drive, cycle, train trip or even boat ride.

Follow a route with turn-by-turn-directions

Tours follow a route from a fixed starting point. This is how we provide turn-by-turn directions. It also helps publishers tell a story greater than the sum of its parts. But you can use Resume to pick up a tour from the closest location whenever you like.

Listen as many times as you like

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Use VoiceMap offline

The VoiceMap app works entirely offline if there’s no data connection, so you don’t have to pay roaming fees. Just download the tour over WiFi before you get started.

Major Landmarks

  • The West Village has landmarks on every block.

Directions to Starting Point

This tour can be activated anywhere in Manhattan's West Village, which is the area bounded by 14th Street on the North, West Houston Street on the South, Sixth Avenue on the East, and West Street on the West.

The West Village is accessible via Subway by the Eighth Avenue, Seventh Avenue, and Sixth Avenue Stops on the L Train, the 14th Street and 4th Street Stops on the A, C and E Trains, and by the 14th Street, Christopher Street, and Houston Street stops on the Number 1 Train.

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Places to stop along the way

You can stop this tour whenever you like. Just start it up again when you’re ready to get moving again. You can also listen to it as often as you like.

Best time of day

You can do this tour at any time, but the street numbers and architectural details it refers to are easiest to see during daylight.


Always be careful when crossing the street.


The Outernet: Manhattan's West Village