Downtown New York has been a world-class art destination since the early 1960s. It all began in SoHo, where cheap, spacious lofts made the neighborhood an artist’s bohemia that attracted young innovators like Donald Judd, Nam June Paik, and Richard Serra. Since downtown rents were half the rates of the established uptown gallery district around 57th Street, galleries soon followed the artists in this downtown migration. Today, downtown New York is synonymous with fashion, art, and the latest cultural trends and home to some of the most powerful galleries in the world—from the most closely-watched emerging galleries to industry-leading blue-chip establishments. Beyond SoHo, downtown galleries have expanded into Chinatown, the Bowery, Nolita, and the Lower East Side.