The lovely Gramercy area has elegance to spare alongside its many practical assets. It takes its name from the private park at its center – Gramercy Park is an exquisite (and exclusive, as only those residing directly around its perimeter are given keys) gem that belies its central Manhattan location. Even if one doesn’t have keys to the park, the Gramercy neighborhood has charms galore that echo the park’s beauty.
Although Gramercy is centrally located, with a multitude of commuting options to downtown for play or uptown for work – or vice versa – it can feel like a private haven in the middle of Manhattan. An abundance of greenery and impeccably preserved architecture make Gramercy beautiful; on the practical end of things, transit options and shopping abound in the nearby Union Square and Flatiron districts.
Gramercy’s location provides easy access to the whole of the city, and the neighborhood itself is a perfect example of comfortable yet luxurious New York living just outside your front door.
Only residents of buildings on the park’s perimeter and members of the Players Club and National Arts Club are granted access to the quaint square; for those not amongst the lucky few, its wrought-iron fence provides an aspirational view and the bordering sidewalks are ideal for jogging and dog-walking.
This luxury hotel, built in the 1920’s and revamped in 2002, features two chic bars, the upscale Italian restaurant Maialino, and several important modern artworks on its walls - pieces by Andy Warhol, Jean-Paul Basquiat, and Damien Hirst among them.GramercyParkHotel.com
Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s beloved New American restaurant, with its perfect mix of fine dining in a cozy atmosphere, is Michelin starred and has been voted New York City’s most popular restaurant by Zagat almost every year of the past decade.GramercyTavern.com
This social club was founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth - a respected Shakespearean actor who also happened to be the older brother of John Wilkes Booth, fellow thespian and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Edwin founded The Player’s Club as a gathering place for all sorts of creative artists. Today, the Renaissance-style mansion on Gramercy Park South is on the register of National Historic Places and opens its doors to the public for staged readings, special events, and viewings of its theatrical artifacts.ThePlayersClub.org