A plaque outside 66 Fifth Avenue, where Martha Graham established her dance company in 1926.

A plaque outside 66 Fifth Avenue, where Martha Graham established her dance company in 1926.

Another Village plaque honoring a world class individual, dancer and choreographer who had world class skills and left an incredibly lasting legacy.

It has been said that Martha Graham's influence on dance is comparable to the influence Picasso had on the modern visual arts, or that Babe Ruth had on baseball, Stravinsky on music, Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture, Julia Child on cooking. I'd add that Graham was in the class of the Ramones or the Velvet Underground and their impact on the bands that followed them. All towering giants in their field. 

Graham was the first dancer to perform at the White House and to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

Now, thousands of people a day pass through or by the entrance to the Parsons School of Design with nary a glance or a thought of the spot's history. 

The Save the Village Greenwich Village walking tour could just go from plaque to plaque, it sometimes seems. The amazing thing is that we keep noticing new ones, on buildings that we have walked past for decades. Such as this one.  

The entrance to 66 Fifth Ave. The Graham plaque is on the right, facing the building.

The entrance to 66 Fifth Ave. The Graham plaque is on the right, facing the building.