A History of Greenwich Village
A History of Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village is located on the west side of town in New York City’s borough of Manhattan. It has become one of the best known areas of New York and a great place for people and artists to live. It became known as the Bohemian Capital where people explored unconventional lifestyles throughout the 19th century. It is the stepping stone for many artists as it used to be a hub for the poor and creative. Today Greenwich village is one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in.

Greenwich Village is an area where many artists have felt free to express themselves. There have been many demonstrations such as the gay and lesbian movement parading down the streets of the village to protest against discrimination. Greenwich Village was also home to the 1960s counterculture movement. Back in the 1920s and 1930s the Village was where singers, dancers, and actors would go to perform at the Vaudeville Theatre and make names for themselves including the likes of Cole Porter. By the next decade The Village became well known around the world to other artists as the place to be for creative expression.  Soon writers from all around the world came to gather here and support each other. By the 1960s there were many abstract expressionists who resided in this area including such famous people as visual artist of pop culture Andy Warhol and singer Lou Reed. As increasing numbers of artists came to Greenwich Village to make it their home, the cost of living became more expensive and fewer people were able to afford it.

Greenwich Village is still very culturally diverse today and remains rich in the arts. Various non-profit organizations such as Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation help keep the area maintained with various iconic landmarks including the Washington Square Arch by New York University and in the midst of Washington Square Park. This landmark that is known for its Bohemian character and is part of the representations of the Village. It continues to stand despite the University's efforts to expand and take the land that the Arch stands on. Advocates and those who love Greenwich Village want to keep landmarks and any part of its history alive today.

Other historical sites to see in The Village is the Forbes Galleries located in the first floor of the Forbes publishing headquarters. There are several cinemas to watch movies, as well as, the Grey Art Gallery. The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is also located in Greenwich Village.


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