The Artists Village is located on Second Street at Broadway, in the heart of historic downtown Santa Ana, California.The village extends from First Street to Fourth Street, and Bush Street to Birch, surrounding the Second Street Mall between Broadway and Sycamore Street.Originally proposed in the mid-1980s, the village was meant to revitalize one of Orange County's oldest cities and bring back part of a once-thriving downtown, with dozens of historical buildings, most vacant for years.Included in the Artists Village are the Spurgeon Building, Santora Arts Building, Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art, Salon of the Theatres, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.The Santora Arts Building, with its architectural gargoyles and demons, is the soul of the Artists Village. More than two dozen artist studios and galleries fill three floors.The building anchors a pedestrian mall along Second Street that includes three restaurants and the Grand Central Art Center (with three galleries, a small theater, and more artist studios).Students from the college's visual arts and graduate arts programs exhibit and sell their works.Across the street from the Santora Building is the Empire Theater, which is home to an eclectic mix of new plays and classics (with a spin) performed by Rude Guerrilla Theater Company.The Salon of the Theatres is home to the Joseph Musil Studios and the American Museum of Theatrical Design.The OCCCA is a non-profit, affiliate-run, uncensored, community gallery showcasing more than 800 artists and 400 guest artists, which are exhibited through showings and performance projects.The Artists Village Open House is an event that occurs on the first Saturday of each month, when galleries, theatres, artists, and performers in the Artists Village host their event for the public.The free event attracts people who come from throughout Los Angeles and Orange County to walk through the more than 150 participating studios and galleries located in the historic buildings.
Greenwich Village Historic District
Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, NYC, 1900. Courtesy New York Public Library
Greenwich Village Historic District’s reputation for dynamism can be attributed to its history of emerging artists and writers as well as the political unrest and activism of its inhabitants. During the 1800s. the area was home to notable American writers including Edgar Allen Poe , Mark Twain, and Ida Tarbell. With the rise of the counterculture movement during the 1960s, Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park became a hub for writers and musicians including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Allen Ginsburg. In this period, the district also experienced significant periods of unrest and waves of political organizing.
Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Vietnam War, student activism erupted in Washington Square Park. In 1969, gay, lesbian, and bisexual residents of Greenwich Village pushed back against police harassment at the Stonewall Inn . Although it got little notice by national media, the Stonewall Uprising was a watershed moment in the modern gay rights movement. The legacy of civic agitation and advocacy originated even earlier in Greenwich Village, beginning in the late 1800s and early 1900s as labor unrest, violent ethnic clashes, and draft riots erupted throughout the district. Following the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, where sweatshop workers largely from immigrant backgrounds were killed as a result of dangerous working conditions, the discontent only grew. Activists for labor and women’s rights organized marches and demonstrations including the 1912 women’s suffrage march in the Greenwich Village neighborhood.
Although the 19th Amendment was not ratified until 1920, New York State women gained access to the vote in 1917 after years of suffragists’ political organizing. In 1912, Greenwich Village became the site of the first women’s suffrage parade in New York City. The march originated in Washington Square Park and proceeded up Fifth Avenue to 27 th Street near Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District. Among the thousands of marchers was 16-year-old Mabel Ping-Hua Lee who rode on horseback with other Chinese women. Although Chinese immigrants could not vote until 1943 due to restrictions imposed by the Chinese Exclusion Act, her commitment to women’s rights was illustrated by her involvement in suffrage parades and feminist essays. Following the parade, Mabel continued to participate in grassroots activism by encouraging other Chinese women to become civically engaged.
As early as the 1930s, the Historic American Building Survey selected more buildings to document in Greenwich Village than in any other part of New York City due to the district’s architectural significance. Greenwich Village was proposed to New York’s City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965 to save prominent styles, such as Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate, of the district’s townhouses and churches from deterioration or demolition. However, it was not until June 19, 1979 the National Register of Historic Places listed Greenwich Village Historic District.
Today, the area continues its legacy of encouraging artists and innovators. Now the home of New York University’s campus, jazz clubs, Off-Broadway theaters, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Parsons School of Design, Greenwich Village remains a popular gathering place and center of cultural activity for tourists and locals alike.
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Landmarks Preservation Commission. “Greenwich Village Historic District Designation Report.” 2 vols. New York City: City of New York Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Administration, 1969. https://www.gvshp.org/gvshp/pdf/Greenwich% 20Village%20Historic%20District%20Designation%20Reports%20Vol%201%20and%202.pdf .
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“Vast Suffrage Host is on Parade To-day: Twenty Thousand Women, Say the Most Fervent, Will March Up Fifth Avenue. Whole World Represented Chinese Women to Ride -- Suffragettes on Horseback to Lead -- Rich Women, Toilers, and Even Men.” The New York Times, May 4, 1912: 22. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index (1857-1922).
When to Go
The best time to visit the Songzhuang Artist Village is in late summer or early fall when the annual Songzhuang Art Festival is held. This event is two weeks long and usually takes place in September and October.
During the remainder of the year, it is difficult to know when galleries will be open or an exhibition is taking place. Therefore, it is best to take a local with you to translate and navigate the area.
A visit to Songzhuang is convenient from Beijing, less than one hour ride by car. You may either take a taxi or bus No. 938 from Guo Mao station directly to Songzhuang or, after taking a metro to Beijing Station, you may take bus No. 938 to Songzhuang.
Once in the village of Songzhuang, you should expect a peaceful atmosphere. A popular gallery with tourists is the Songzhuang Art Gallery. Just down the street from the gallery, you will find the Roundabout Muslim Tea House as well a few local restaurants such as Shanxi Pasta Home Cooking and Jinxiangyuan Noodle.
Things to Bear in Mind and Do
It is important for you to be wary when purchasing artwork. Many galleries and art dealers will sell imitations of famous Songzhuang artwork. This is another reason to travel to Songzhuang with a local who you trust.
One thing for visitors to keep in mind before a trip to Songzhuang is the relaxed environment that is upheld in the area. Artists and dealers alike are happy to play cards and have a chat and cup of tea with you. It is a slow paced community where enjoying life is valued.
Take a walk down the streets, see what galleries might be open and maybe get a peek at an artist creating a new piece or speak to a dealer about what to expect from the Songzhuang Artist Village in the coming years. Take in all of what modern Chinese art has to give and see a unique niche in China's culture.
Greenwich Village in the 1960s: A nostalgic stroll through an era of preservation and protest
This is the story of Greenwich Village as a character — an eccentric character maybe, but one that changed American life — and how the folky, activist spirit it fostered in arts, culture and the protest movement came back in the end to help itself.
This April we’re marking the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District designation from 1969 — preserving one of the most important and historic neighborhoods in New York — and to mark the occasion we are celebrating the revolutionary scene (and the revolutionary moment) that gave birth to it — the Greenwich Village of the 1960s.
The Village is the stuff of legends: a hotbed of musicians, artists, performers, intellectuals, activists. In the 1950s, people often defined Greenwich Village as a literal village with a small-town atmosphere.
Nobody was saying that about the Village in the 1960s. In just a few short years, the neighborhood’s community of artists and creators had helped to define American culture. The Village was world famous.
This episode will present a little walk through Greenwich Village in the early ’60s, giving you the flavor of the Village during the era — and an ample sampling of its sights and sounds.
There’s gonna be mandolins! And chess players. And avant garde theater. And art markets. And lots of coffeeshops. *snap* *snap*
But we’re also talking preservation with Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, to learn how the Greenwich Village Historic District came to be.
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Greenwich Village Historic District 50th Anniversary Celebration and Open House Weekend!
Washington Square Park Celebration
Saturday, April 13 from 12:00-3:00pm in Garibaldi Plaza
Historic District Open House Weekend
Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14
Full calendar at gvshp.org/GVHD50weekend
Inside the Gas Light Cafe, in a still from the film Greenwich Village Story directed by Jack O’Connell
Jean Shepherd, performing at the Limelight Gallery.
The Fantasticks original cast featured Rita Gardner, Jerry Orbach and Kenneth Nelson
Some images of Greenwich Village today which recall its days from the 1960s — and even earlier (photos by Greg Young):
Robert Otter/New York Times Caffe Reggio has been an anchor of MacDougal Street since 1927, an Italian owned business that transitioned into a center for the beatnik scene. The location of the Gaslight Cafe UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 19: Patrons at the gaslight, 116 McDougal St. Greenwich Village (Photo by Charles Payne/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Cafe Wha? today Cafe Wha?, Minetta Tavern and the rest of MacDougal Street (aka ‘the fun zone’)
Some material we recommend you check out for more information on Greenwich Village:
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story by Sean Wilentz
Around Washington Square: An Illustrated History of Greenwich Village by Luther S. Harris
Greenwich Village Stories: A Collection of Memories by Judith Stonehill, Andrew Berman, et al
The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village by John Strausbuah
The Village Voice online archives
and of course….
The original Greenwich Village Historic Designation Report (1969)
The original map of the Greenwich Village Historic District
The beginning of the end
But eventually, there's discord even in the most harmonious artists' colony: Founder Carl Vinnen (painter of this 1900 landscape) decides to quit the colony in 1899, as does Otto Modersohn. Heinrich Vogeler, another early member of the Worpswede community, turns his energy to pursuing communist ideas. Others start toying with populist sentiments.
The Worpswede artist's colony: From farming village to a source of inspiration
An Enclave for Artists: A Brief History of Greenwich Village
So crooned Simon & Garfunkel in their 1964 song “Bleecker Street,” which recalls a time before Manhattan rents skyrocketed and most poets fled the island for cheaper housing. In 1964, Greenwich Village was nearing the end of its century-long run as a bohemian district, where artists lived and collaborated, creating countercultural movements so powerful that some would eventually become mainstream. In 2016, monthly rents for apartments on Bleecker Street run at least $2,000, a tenfold increase even after accounting for inflation—though, in all fairness, even in 1964 a Greenwich Village resident paying only $30 probably had multiple roommates and a bathtub in the kitchen, as the average Manhattan rent was $200. Though the Village still boasts artistic venues and prides itself on accepting people from all walks of life, its wealthy residents now share their streets with Marc Jacobs and Starbucks rather than cheap, smoke-filled cafés.
Penned in the 1950s, Wonderful Town tells the story of Ruth and Eileen, two 20-something sisters who move to Greenwich Village from their childhood home in Ohio. Ruth dreams of becoming a famous writer while Eileen auditions in hopes of becoming an actor. The musical showcases the heady world of the Village, which was for decades the center of progressive thought and creativity, where, in the words of director Mary Zimmerman, “creative souls of all kinds gathered with like-minded others.” Like many of their freedom-seeking peers, aspiring artists like Eileen, Ruth and their onstage neighbors journey there from throughout the country and world, with high hopes of fortune, fame or simply a life creatively lived.
Map of old Greenwich Village. A section of Bernard Ratzer’s map of New York and its suburbs, made circa 1766 for Henry Moore, Royal Governor of New York, when Greenwich was more than two miles (3 km) from the city.
The neighborhood now known as Greenwich Village spent its pre-urban years as marshland before it was cleared and turned into pasture by Dutch settlers in the 1630s. As its name suggests, it first developed as a village separate from New York City, which flourished on the lower tip of Manhattan. By 1797, the Village was home to Newgate Prison, New York’s first penitentiary, and around this time some of the present-day Village began to be used as a potter’s field—the remains of some 20,000 of New York’s poorest 19th century citizens still lie under Washington Square. During yellow fever epidemics, the Village also served as a place where wealthier New Yorkers found refuge from the disease. As the city spread north, the Village slowly grew less remote and eventually was absorbed by the urban sprawl.
In 1857, architect Robert Morris Hunt designed the Tenth Street Studio Building, which featured artist studios arranged around a central domed gallery. It not only housed the first architecture school in the United States, but also quickly attracted artists from across the nation and world: Winslow Homer worked there, as did many of the painters of the Hudson River School, a mid-19 th century art movement whose practitioners painted landscapes that reflected American ideals and ideas such as exploration and settlement. Greenwich Village soon gained a reputation as an artistic hub, and an 1858 article in The New York Times noted the rise of a particular type of New Yorker, the so-called bohemian. “Bohemian is now heard almost as frequently as the once unknown term of loafer. But a Bohemian is not quite a loafer, though he is not far removed from one. The Bohemian is either an artist or an author, whose special aversion is work, and whose ambition is to excel in some particular walk for which Nature never designed him.” The writer’s negative opinion of artists aside, his comments demonstrate that New York, much like Paris, had become a haven for creative people—and by the mid-19th century, Greenwich Village housed many of them.
Greenwich Village, New York City, circa 1900.
The 1880s saw the opening of the Hotel Albert, originally called the Hotel St. Stephen, where many artists lived as long-term residents, using its restaurant as a meeting place. Famous artists who spent time there include Robert Louis Stephenson, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and, later, Anaïs Nin, Robert Lowell, Horton Foote, Salvador Dalí, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. In the early 20th century, the Village became associated with experimental theater, an important development because until that point Americans had mostly relied on Europe for theatrical innovations. Groups such as the Provincetown Players (members included Edna St. Vincent Millay and Eugene O’Neill) and the Living Theatre resided there, mingling with the musicians and visual artists and enriching one another’s work.
The Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street
Greenwich Village proved its progressive status in a different way in 1938 when it became home to the nation’s first desegregated nightclub. Café Society featured African American performers like Count Basie, John Coltrane, Pearl Bailey, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. After World War II, the Village became a hub for the Beat Generation, influencing the work of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. And in 1969 it was home to the Stonewall Riots, a series of standoffs between police and patrons of the Stonewall Inn, recently named a national monument, which is widely considered the beginning of the gay rights movement.
Throughout this period, rents remained low, permitting the not-yet-successful to live among and hobnob with better-established artists. In Wonderful Town, starry-eyed sisters Ruth and Eileen use a Greenwich Village apartment as their unglamorous launching pad as they seek professional success. The musical is based on the true story of Ruth and Eileen McKenney, who were immortalized by Ruth in My Sister Eileen, a series of stories she wrote for The New Yorker, which were then later adapted into a play and this musical. For these two young women, and many like them, the Village was not only a physical place, but an idea and an ideal: to live in the Village was to be at the vanguard of an ever-changing world, and to have a fighting chance to make one’s mark on it.
We invite you to step back in time and explore our two museums. Located in the heart of Grovewood Village, the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum traces the history of a force in American craft and textiles founded by Biltmore’s first lady, Edith Vanderbilt, and two inspired teachers. Learn how this little cottage industry (relocated to this site in 1917) grew to become one of the largest producers of handwoven wool in the world – worn by U.S. presidents, first ladies and many American icons.
Our other museum showcases a collection of vintage automobiles dating from the romance-filled days of wooden steering wheels and polished brass headlamps. These antique beauties were owned by local legend Harry D. Blomberg, who purchased Biltmore Industries in 1953 and saved it from going under. After downsizing the business, the Industries’ weaving shed was eventually transformed into a car museum to shelter Harry’s prized collection of vehicles.
“Grovewood Village is Asheville’s hidden gem. The grounds are beautiful beneath the shade of mature pine trees, inviting you to pause, take a deep breath, and soak in the views and the historic heritage of Asheville. To miss this is to miss what first made Asheville the ‘Arts and Crafts Capitol of the South.’ ”
&mdash Bruce Johnson, Author of Built For the Ages: A History of the Grove Park Inn
14 Photos Of Greenwich Village In The 1950s
Old Greenwich Village: it's just like the suburbs! Click through for 13 photos of the neighborhood taken in the 1950s, and some video from the area shot in 1959:
Kerouac in Greenwich Village, 1958
- The 1950s were an electrifying time for the Bohemian set in the neighborhood, and many of the prominent Beat writers were drawn there.
that during the 1950s "the Village hit its most active time, as musicians, poets, and especially visual artists began to flock there. Two of the most exciting American movements were calling Greenwich Village their home. Nearly all of the Abstract Expressionists, including Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko lived in the neighborhood. Simultaneously, the New York School of Poets was sharing the same bars, restaurants, and lofts."
- Kerouac sometimes lived at the Marlton House at 5 West 8th Street, during his time there he was writing The Subterraneans and Tristessa.
- In 1953, Dylan Thomas died after a night of drinking in at the White Horse Tavern (but his ghost still lives in Manhattan).
- Borders of the neighborhood have since changed, but in 1956 Encyclopedia Britannica stated that the southern border of the Village was Spring Street.
- In 1958, Off-Off-Broadway was created in the neighborhood, it was a response to Off Broadway and a "complete rejection of commercial theatre." Caffe Cino at 31 Cornelia Street was considered amongst the first Off-Off-Broadway venues.
Want more vintage Village? Here's some more old footage from the neighborhood in 1960, twenty-four years before Iggy Pop vacuumed his carpeting there.
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Beat movement, also called Beat Generation, American social and literary movement originating in the 1950s and centred in the bohemian artist communities of San Francisco’s North Beach, Los Angeles’ Venice West, and New York City’s Greenwich Village. Its adherents, self-styled as “beat” (originally meaning “weary,” but later also connoting a musical sense, a “beatific” spirituality, and other meanings) and derisively called “beatniks,” expressed their alienation from conventional, or “square,” society by adopting a style of dress, manners, and “hip” vocabulary borrowed from jazz musicians. They advocated personal release, purification, and illumination through the heightened sensory awareness that might be induced by drugs, jazz, sex, or the disciplines of Zen Buddhism. The Beats and their advocates found the joylessness and purposelessness of modern society sufficient justification for both withdrawal and protest.
Beat poets sought to transform poetry into an expression of genuine lived experience. They read their work, sometimes to the accompaniment of progressive jazz, in such Beat strongholds as the Coexistence Bagel Shop and Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights bookstore in San Francisco. The verse was frequently chaotic and liberally sprinkled with obscenities and frank references to sex, all intended to liberate poetry from academic preciosity. Allen Ginsberg’s Howl became the most representative poetic expression of the Beat movement: the poem itself embodied the essence of the Beats’ voice its first performance, in 1955, was a disorderly celebration and the obscenity trial, in 1957, that followed its publication showed the movement’s social and political relevance. Ginsberg and other major figures of the movement, such as the novelist Jack Kerouac, advocated a kind of free, unstructured composition in which the writer put down his thoughts and feelings without plan or revision in order to convey the immediacy of experience.
By about 1960, the Beat movement as a fad had begun to fade, though its experiments with form and its social engagement continued and had lasting effects. The movement produced a number of significant writers, including Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Philip Whalen, and Gary Snyder the poet LeRoi Jones had also been part of the Beat circle and published their work in his magazine Yugen, though he broke with the movement in the 1960s. The Beats paved the way for broader acceptance of other unorthodox and previously ignored writers, such as the Black Mountain poets and the novelist William S. Burroughs.
Biltmore Village, located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, is home to more than 40 shops and 10 cafes and restaurants. Most businesses are housed in historic cottages and buildings. Tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks and period architecture (including the Cathedral of All Souls) make the area a delight to stroll and explore.
Village shops and galleries (pic above is New Morning Gallery) offer a diverse selection of merchandise, from one-of-a-kind decorative and functional craft items to original artwork, custom-designed jewelry, clothing, home accessories, antiques and more. There's free parking.
Longtime favorite Blue (1 Swan Street) has creative, modern, non-conventional jewelry created on-premise by master goldsmith Susan West, and Monkee's of Biltmore (7 All Souls Crescent), a ladies designer fashion boutique filled with the latest trends.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild, with headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, has a wonderful gallery featuring gorgeous creations from Appalachian artists in nine states.
Biltmore Village includes many hidden side streets with amazing finds, like London District Studios (8 London Road), and Bon Vivant vintage and artisan market (9 Reed Street). It's part of the up-and-coming London Entertainment District with live music and several breweries. Head over to Zen Skincare and Waxing Studio (25 Reed Street) for results oriented anti-aging facials and skincare, as well as safe and effective professional waxing services.
Christmas shopping at Biltmore Village is a special delight. Many shop before or after their Biltmore House tour.
Restaurants & Breweries
Cafes and restaurants at Biltmore Village present a wide variety of dining options, including the Corner Kitchen (3 Boston Way) farm-to-table American fare and Rezaz Mediterranean (28 Hendersonville Road) with a fantastic wine list. Craft breweries have opened in the Village area and more are planned. Try local beers at Catawba Brewing (63 Brook Street), French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Road) and Hi-Wire Big Top (2 Huntsman Place). Sample 50+ beers, ciders and wines at Pour Taproom (2 Hendersonville Road). Nearby, The Wine and Oyster (2 Hendersonville Road) Italian wine bar serves fresh raw oysters, ceviche seafood dishes and imported meats and cheeses.
Eda Rhyne Distillery (101 Fairview Road, Ste A) creates farm to flask craft spirits that capture the unique flavors of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Complimentary tastings available Wed-Sat from 3-8 PM. Casablanca Cigar Bar (18 Lodge Street) has largest walk-in humidor in Western NC and an impressive bar with 130 whiskies, craft cocktails, wine, and local draft beer. Margaret & Maxwell Wine Salon (5 All Souls Crescent) is a boutique wine store with a cozy wine bar in the back of the building.
This area is the best antique shopping in Asheville with ten stores and malls (with hundreds of dealers) within a mile and a half of the Village. Read more about antique shopping.
Directions & Hours
To reach Biltmore Village from downtown Asheville, take Biltmore Avenue south two miles. From I-40, take exit 50 and go 1/2 mile north (follow signs toward Biltmore Estate). There is free parking throughout the Village. Most shops are open Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5:30 or 6 PM and Sunday 1 to 5 PM. Many businesses extend hours for holidays.
Event: Biltmore Village Art and Craft Fair
The first weekend of August brings the area's premier outdoor art and craft fair with 110+ carefully selected artists by John Cram and New Morning Gallery. The festive Fair draws thousands of eager shoppers from the Southeast to the beautiful tree-covered grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. See our Village Art & Craft Fair Guide.
Event: Dickens Christmas Celebration
December first weekend: Historic Biltmore Village transforms itself into a quaint Victorian village. Enjoy concerts, refreshments and strolling vocalists and instrumentalists in costumes of the period. Tree lighting 6:30 PM Friday.
For more shopping and art, nearby are Downtown Asheville and the River Arts District.