In 1926, Edith Gregor Halpert was twenty six years old. She had, up until the year before, served as one of two female business executives in New York City. But in 1925, she had left the elite position behind, her sights shifting to a new goal. A lover of modern art who did not think she had the talent to succeed as an artist herself, Halpert wanted to open a gallery. And so, right in the middle of the burgeoning center of the art world, Edith Gregor Halpert opened the first commercial art space in Greenwich Village, becoming the first woman in New York City to start such a business.