Perhaps no other place in the country is known for its art movement than the western part of Greenwich Village, aptly dubbed the “West Village.” Some say The Village was the birthplace of American Modern art and they may be right. Greenwich Village was a haven to artists and the bohemian lifestyle since the late 19th century and while the residents may be more upper-middle to upper class now, the vibe is still very eclectic and a top destination for all visitors to New York. The Village has dozens of small, but well established playhouses, including the oldest continuously running house, The Cherry Lane Theatre, which opened in 1924. There are also many galleries including the Grey Art Gallery, which houses a collection of contemporary fine art including one of the finest collections of American paintings from the 1940’s to present. Curated by Jaquelynn Baas and organized by the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, it is lesser known, but a wonderful find.