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Living in Gramercy Park

Gramercy’s cozy atmosphere and tree-lined streets brings to mind a sprawling urban park. It comes as no surprise, then, that Gramercy Park, an historic expanse of green space rivaling any in New York City, shares the neighborhood’s name and represents the area’s most iconic attraction. Benches painted in dark forest green dot area sidewalks. Exquisite private gardens, tucked into gated enclaves, join rows of colorful potted plants sitting atop window ledges outside many of the area's stately residences.

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Gramercy Park is known for its low-key vibe—removed from the bustle of Union Square and the East Village—but it still gives residents a quick commute uptown to work and the city's livelier entertainment hotspots. With the oldest bar in the city, vintage shopping and a thriving art scene, Gramercy Park also impresses with local options for a day or night out on the town.

Gramercy Park restaurants

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The aptly named Gramercy Tavern, with one-of-a-kind murals and extravagant floral arrangements, serves local farm-sourced seasonal menus in a laid-back setting. Visitors choose between two experiences: a rustic tavern with casual à la carte options or a dining room with fancier fixed-price menu items. For a blast to the past, you’ll want to check out Pete’s Tavern. The oldest continuously operating bar in New York City opened in 1864 and continues to serve a savory combination of bar food and Italian fare. The tavern’s original brick walls, rustic dark-wood bar and glowing jukebox take patrons back in time. Giorgio’s of Gramercy has a win-win combination of easy online ordering and a top rating from Zagat. The Italian restaurant also shakes things up with all-afternoon happy hours, live jazz nights and unexpected cuisine choices like a Cuban sandwich for light on-the-go lunches.

Gramercy Park real estate

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Gramercy Park real estate options vary as much as the makeup of its residents. A walk through the neighborhood takes visitors past charming brownstones and modern apartment buildings. Newer apartments, located both in walk-up and doorman buildings, include luxurious amenities like outdoor areas with cabanas and inviting libraries with fireplaces.
Gramercy’s townhouses are immaculate with hints of mahogany and marble on the exterior. Undulating vines cascade from second- and third-floor balconies into mini private gardens below. Townhouses consist of single-family residences and duplexes to fit varying Gramercy Park real estate tastes and budgets.

Gramercy Park history

Once Dutch-owned farmland, Gramercy owes much to developer Samuel B. Ruggles, who built one of New York City’s grandest parks in 1831. The private oasis, known as Gramercy Park, soon drew plenty of apartments and row houses along its perimeter. Neighborhood residents received keys to the park—only available to the public once or twice a year. In due time, many famed actors, artists and politicians called the neighborhood home. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, was born in a 19th-century brownstone in Gramercy Park. Roosevelt’s family lived in the area for decades.

Gramercy Park shopping

The well-established City Opera Thrift Shop sells eclectic home and fashion goods. Eye-catching display windows stop pedestrians in their tracks, as does an assortment of unique coffee table books and paperbacks. The shop's silent auctions and fashion events help raise funds for the New York City Opera. Whether you’re looking for Persian rugs, full dining room sets or the odd trinket, Gramercy Vintage Furniture’s collection of wares is a must-see. The neighborhood expert on all-things vintage collects period pieces from estates, donations and consignments and provides reliable delivery in the area.
Gramercy also speaks to cheese lovers. Lamarca Cheese Shop ages its diverse selection of cheeses onsite; options include Vermont cheddar and Gruyere. Malt and Mold also sells rare cheeses, craft beers and tasty provisions like small-batch Sriracha and bitters. Its Gramercy location accommodates exclusive tastings and gift baskets perfect for housewarming parties.

Gramercy Park art

The Art Collection at Gramercy Park Hotel has two distinct perks: Visitors enjoy an impressive collection of artwork focused on contemporary American painters like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, while the hotel itself is a landmark. Choose between an upscale cocktail bar known for its high ceiling or a rooftop terrace with rare bird’s-eye views of Gramercy Park. The National Arts Club, founded in 1898 by Charles De Kay, might require a membership, but art connoisseurs living in Gramercy can’t go wrong with over 200 distinct arts programs and dining options inside a National Historic Landmark building. As a bonus, you’ll gain access to a Gramercy Park key.

Gramercy Park events

While Gramercy’s quiet nature and exclusive park might prevent it from bigger annual get-togethers, the area still knows how to put on exciting events. Neighborhood happenings often take place in the esteemed Gramercy Park Hotel; launch parties, Fashion Week gatherings and quiet concerts all happen under its elegant roof on a regular basis. For a regular dose of live concert events, the historic Gramercy Theatre, dating back to 1937, plays host to big acts like Jay-Z and Steve Winwood in an intimate setting. The tables are turned from the norm here, with elevated reserved seating in the back and general admission pressed close to the stage.

Keys to Gramercy Park

"A fun fact about Gramercy Park! There are 383 keys to this private park, where Lexington Avenue ends and Irving Place begins. It was deeded by Samuel B. Ruggles in 1831 and became a locked park in 1844."
Jamie Breitman
Jamie                Breitman
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