While Gramercy takes its name from Gramercy Park, the neighborhood is larger than that landmark.

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While Gramercy takes its name from Gramercy Park, the neighborhood is larger than that landmark; its borders are roughly First Avenue to Park and 14th to 23rd. The park itself, which dates from 1831, operates on a model that is common in London but not in New York City: The green oasis is private, with only buildings overlooking it getting keys to its gates. The development of this part of Gramercy began after Union Square was laid out in 1830, though few of the row houses and luxury apartment buildings are that old. Most date from the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries. The area has an even larger park, Stuyvesant Square, over on Second Avenue — and it is open to the public.

Nearby Neighborhoods:

NoMad, East Village, Greenwich Village, Flatiron, Chelsea/Hudson Yards, Kips Bay

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History & Culture

The development of the streets to the east of Union Square began soon after that park was laid out, in 1830. Samuel B. Ruggles planned the area and helped create Gramercy Park. He also named Irving Place after Washington Irving, though the claim that the writer once lived in the brick house at Irving and 17th is most likely a later fabrication. Development made its way east over time — Stuyvesant Square was laid out in 1836, while the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village developments followed much later, in 1947. The Players and the National Arts Club, both on Gramercy Park, are two of the most famous landmarks that survive from the 19th century. New Yorkers today, however, are more likely to think of music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre first when it comes to the area’s cultural offerings.

Schools and Transportation

  • P.S. 40 Augustus St.-Gaudens
    320 EAST 20TH STREET
    0.11 MILES
  • Ps 226
    345 EAST 15TH STREET
    0.12 MILES
  • Learning Spring School
    247 EAST 20TH STREET
    0.18 MILES
  • Friends Seminary
    222 EAST 16TH STREET
    0.24 MILES
  • Epiphany Elementary School
    234 EAST 22ND STREET
    0.25 MILES
  • Immaculate Conception School
    419 EAST 13TH STREET
    0.25 MILES
  • Ps 19 Asher Levy
    185 1ST AVENUE
    0.33 MILES
  • 47 the American Sign Language and English Lower School
    223 EAST 23RD STREET
    0.34 MILES
  • Success Academy Union Square
    0.34 MILES
  • Third Street Preschool
    235 EAST 11TH STREET
    0.38 MILES
  • United Nations International School
    24-50 FDR DR
    0.42 MILES
  • United Nations International School
    0.42 MILES
  • British International School of NY
    0.45 MILES
  • The East Village Community School
    610 EAST 12TH STREET
    0.45 MILES
  • The Children's Workshop School
    610 EAST 12TH STREET
    0.45 MILES
  • The Ecole
    111 EAST 22ND STREET
    0.46 MILES
  • George Jackson Academy
    0.51 MILES
  • Grace Church School
    86 4TH AVENUE
    0.52 MILES
  • The Churchill School and Center
    301 EAST 29TH STREET
    0.54 MILES
  • Ballet Tech Nyc Ps For Dance
    890 BROADWAY
    0.55 MILES
    • Dine & Shop

      Although most of Gramercy is residential, serious shoppers don’t have to travel far. Union Square, the stretch of Broadway between it and Madison Square Park, and the East Village are all just a short distance away. And while restaurants can be found throughout the area, they aren’t concentrated on any single main drag. The acclaimed Gramercy Tavern is on 20th, and BLT Prime is on 22nd. On Irving, you’ll find Pete’s Tavern, which describes itself as the oldest continuously operating bar in the city (others dispute that claim), and Casa Mono, a newer tapas bar. The Gramercy Park Hotel’s restaurant and bar are perennially popular. Just as shoppers may want to venture outside the neighborhood, diners can find a greater variety of restaurants on Gramercy’s doorsteps: on Park Avenue, north towards Murray Hill, or south in the East Village.

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