When Did Greenwich Village Become an Outpost for Writers and Artists? Why Was This an Attractive Area for Them?
As early as 1830, artists were attracted to Greenwich Village for its picturesque streets and architecture. Because of its unplanned layout and narrow streets, many artists compared it to Europe. Additionally, in 1831 NYU was built in the area. In the twentieth century, affordable housing, a blend of cultures and a reputation for acceptance brought a new generation of artists.