Few neighborhoods are as lovely as Gramercy, arguably the most charming area of New York City.
Situated between Murray Hill and the East Village, Gramercy has a relaxed, old-money type of feel. It’s no wonder, as in pre-civil war New York the brownstones and mansions facing the park were the poshest places to live in the city. Former New York governors and presidential candidates have lived in Gramercy, as did young Theodore Roosevelt.
Situated smack in the middle of the neighborhood is Gramercy Park, which boasts impeccably landscaped flowerbeds in the summer. The trick, though, is that it is only open to those lucky ones with a key. It is New York’s only still existing private park.
Some of the apartments off of the park don’t have the pre-war character but allow you to live in Gramercy for less than a classic brownstone. Closer to Murray Hill, you’ll find skyscraper apartment buildings with amenities like doormen, in-building laundry, dry cleaning, and common rooftops. In addition, several of these new buildings have health clubs, swimming pools, parking garages and are even pet friendly.
The stunning Gramercy Park Hotel is also right next to the park. The hotel has a beautifully lit roof during the summers, and downstairs, New York socialites drink champagne at the Rose Bar, straight from society events across the park at the National Arts club. There is also a room on the top floor that any artist needs to take a look at--the ceiling drips with hundreds of light bulbs, evoking the feel of Thomas Edison’s 19th century laboratory.
For an exquisite dining experience, eat at Gramercy Tavern, one of the loveliest restaurants in New York. Its enduring popularity is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to gastronomic excellence and its elegant ambience.
Milk and Honey, a downtown speakeasy that made its reputation by only being accessible to those with an elusive phone number, has created a larger version of its first lair on 23rd and Madison, and it is now one of the hottest spots there.
The 6 train makes several stops in Gramercy, and the cross town bus takes Gramercy residents west on 23rd Street. As a seeming testament to its artistic heritage, the School of Visual Arts, full of aspiring filmmakers, artists and photographers, also has its home in Gramercy.
|Building Address||# no-fee apts|
|336 East 18 Street||59|
|385 1 Avenue||46|
|340 East 18 Street||38|
|317 2 Avenue||36|
|333 East 14 Street||32|
|145 East 16th Street||29|