Gramercy in Manhattan NY


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Gramercy, a.k.a. Gramercy Park, is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, focused around Gramercy Park, a private park between East 20th and 21st Streets at the foot of Lexington Avenue. The area is named for a stream which meandered like a 'crooked little knife,' or 'Crom messie' in old Dutch ('Krom mesje').

Where Gramercy located

Generally speaking, Gramercy is bound by 14th Street, Third Avenue, 23rd Street, and Park Avenue South. Some consider its northern boundary to be 30th Street. Today, the northern boundary of Gramercy more likely meets the Murray Hill section of Midtown at around 30th Street. To the west is the Flatiron District and Union Square, to the south the East Village, to the east Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, and to the northeast Kips Bay.

Private Park

Gramercy, particularly the area immediately around Gramercy Park itself, is generally perceived to be a quiet area, safer than many other parts of the city. Gramercy Park is a New York City landmark. This private park has been in existence since the middle of the 19th century. Gramercy Park is a private park, one of only two in New York City, to which only people residing around the park have a key. The public is otherwise only allowed in the park one day a year. Many actors, actresses and artists live in the district including Jimmy Fallon, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Rufus Wainwright and Amanda Lepore. The fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez has his studio on Irving Place, and the neighborhood is home to numerous models' apartments from nearby agencies on Broadway.

Gramercy Park Hotel

The Gramercy Park Hotel was originally designed by Robert T. Lions and built by brothers Bing and Bing in 1925. In 2006, the hotel went under a massive makeover by hotelier Ian Schrager, accompanied by the artist Julian Schnabel. The hotel has views of Gramercy Park, and guests receive keys to access the park during their stay. Humphrey Bogart married Helen Menken at the hotel in 1926.

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