At a Glance
In the early 20th century, Gramercy Park was synonymous with luxury. Some of the most prominent New Yorkers (including the Roosevelts) lived in grand houses along the neighborhood's eponymous park. Today, Gramercy Park is a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Manhattan. It still, however, retains an old-world vibe. It's not uncommon to see residents tottering down Irving Place dressed in tweed and loafers. This quiet commercial stretch offers a mix of local shops, corner pubs and classic red sauce joints. As you head further east, the avenues get busier and more generic. Gramercy's side streets are lined with walk-ups and large apartment buildings and are more laid-back than the blocks surrounding the actual park, attracting well-heeled, young professionals looking for a quintessentially nice New York City neighborhood.
Quiet and laidback, the streets of Gramercy Park are noticeably less congested than surrounding neighborhoods.
Heart of the Neighborhood
Gramercy Park is both the neighborhood's namesake as well as its heart. The lovely tree-lined blocks surrounding it boast an old-world mix of private clubs and Greek Revival-style townhouses.
Only residents who live on the park's perimeter have keys to get inside, but there are beautiful park benches outside the gates for the plebs who don’t have park access.
Gramercy Park is very safe and boasts many doorman buildings. It is also conveniently located to most subway lines.
Real estate in the gorgeous Neo-Gothic and Greek Revival buildings does not come cheap.
By the Numbers
Gramercy is traditionally a very pricey area. The townhouses and tony co-op buildings along the park command some of the highest asking prices in the city. As you head further east, you'll find more walk-ups and rentals, which are less expensive relative to the rest of neighborhood.
Food & Drink
Irving Place is the center for Gramercy’s many sought-after restaurants and bars.
Danny Meyer’s latest venture into Italian food, located inside the Gramercy Park Hotel.
Ponty BistroAfrican, French
Original French-Senegalese fare in a charming, narrow space.
Friend of A FarmerBreakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)
Located right on Irving Place, this casual farm-to-table restaurant is always bustling.