Gramercy Park

Attractions, Public spaces Midtown
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Gramercy Park
Photograph: Gramercy Park Hotel
View of Gramercy Park from Gramercy Park Hotel's terrace

A key to Gramercy Park, the tranquil, gated square at the southern end of Lexington Avenue (between 20th & 21st Streets), is one of the most sought-after treasures in all the five boroughs. Who gets a key? Only residents of the beautiful surrounding town houses and apartment buildings. The park, which was developed in the 1830s to resemble a London square, is flanked by two private clubs; members of both also have access to the square. One is the Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South, between Park Avenue South & Irving Place), housed in an 1845 brownstone formerly owned by Edwin Booth (19th-century actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin). Next door at No.15 is the Gothic Revival Samuel Tilden House, which houses the National Arts Club (1-212 475 3424, The busts of famous writers (Shakespeare, Dante) along the façade were chosen to reflect Tilden’s library, which, along with his fortune, helped create the New York Public Library.



Venue name: Gramercy Park
Address: Lexington Ave
New York
Cross street: between 20th and 21st Sts
Transport: Subway: 6 to 23rd St
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Brian M.

As I looked up the word "park", I noticed an inaccuracy to this park.  The definition I found was, "a large public green area in a town, used for recreation."  Although Gramercy Park covers most of this criteria, they are lacking on the word "public". From the street view, where the heathens roam, it appears to be well manicured with beautiful flowers and shrubbery throughout.  There is a statue in the center of Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth.  He was an actor like his brother, but did not assassinate a US president, like his brother.  There appear to be dirt paths that wind around the park.  The black metal fences are quite sturdy to ensure the filth of the city stay out.  There may be some fountain inside too.  In summary, looks like a pleasant park.  If tons of salt were to fall upon it and annihilate each living plant and tree, that would be ok too.