In a city that doesn’t sleep, is one of the most famous (infamous) parks which provide private access to the rich and famous residents. Gramercy Park is a small beautiful park, central to downtown and midtown Manhattan. The approximately 2-acre park, located in the Gramercy Park Historic District, is one of two private parks in New York City, as well as one of only three in the whole state of New York, with private access. Only people residing around the park who pay an annual fee have a key to the park. Gramercy has been the same for several decades and is one of New York City’s most charming and unchanged neighborhoods, with beautiful brownstones set around this hallowed green space. Calling it “a Victorian gentleman who has refused to die”, Charlotte Devree in The New York Times said that “There is nothing else quite like Gramercy Park in the country.
Many have tried to break the steel lock on the legal agreement to limit access, including NYC schools which tried not so long ago to get the local public school children entry, but to no avail. In 2001, Aldon James of the National Arts Club that adjoins the park brought about 40 children, mostly minorities, into the park from the nearby Washington Irving High School on Irving Place. The trustee at the time, Sharen Benenson, called police alleging that the children were trespassing. The police refused to take action. Later, a suit was filed against the park’s administration in Federal Court. The suit was settled out of court in 2003.
The serenity of Gramercy has attracted many literary residents including Oscar Wilde and John Steinbeck. The name Gramercy was an anglicization of the word crommessie which was derived from the Dutch term, Krom Moerasje meaning crooked little swamp. The developer Samuel B. Riggles purchased the land and turned it into the Gramercy Park area we love and know today! During the 1800s, Gramercy housed fashionable families, like the Rockefellers and Roosevelts. The architecture of the townhouses in the Gramercy Park district is unique. The design of the doorways of the Greek Revival townhouses is attributed to Alexander Jackson Davis, “one of America’s most versatile 19th-century architects. Italianate townhouses on East 18th Street (1853), with cast-iron verandas are reminiscent of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The park is beautifully maintained by an army of volunteers who are fortunate enough to have a key. Residents of our monthly apartment rentals in NYC (Gramercy Townhouse) can enjoy the park from outside, as they walk alongside Westwards, but our beautiful outdoor spaces with each apartment are even nicer! Our furnished apartments for rent in NYC are better than the best hotel to stay in New York. Gramercy continues to be an urban oasis for many writers, politicians, and artists. The National Arts Club, former home of Samuel J. Tilden, remodeled for Tilden by Calvert Vaux.
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