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Gramercy Park, New York City

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Gramercy Park is the name of both a small, fenced-in private park and the surrounding neighborhood that is referred to also as Gramercy, in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States.The approximately 2acre park, located in the Gramercy Park Historic District, is one of two private parks in New York City - the other is Sunnyside Gardens Park in Queens - as well as one of only three in the state; only people residing around the park who pay an annual fee have a key, and the public is not generally allowed in - although the sidewalks of the streets around the park are a popular jogging, strolling and dog-walking route.The neighborhood, which is divided between New York City's Manhattan Community Board 5 and Manhattan Community Board 6, is generally perceived to be a quiet and safe area.The neighborhood, associated historic district, and park have generally received positive reviews. Calling it "a Victorian gentleman who has refused to die", Charlotte Devree in the New York Times said that "There is nothing else quite like Gramercy Park in the country." When the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission created the Gramercy Park Historic District in 1966, they quoted from John B. Pine's 1921 book, The Story of Gramercy Park:
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  • You need a key to enter the park which is a privilege to those who live around. The park. Beautifully maintained and a picture perfect piece of heaven. Locals play and sit in the park and an occasiona...  more »
  • A private park (oldest in USA) for tenants living in the surrounding buildings. Nice area but park is only possible to see from outside.  more »
  • Between Union Square and Madison Square Park around there. The East, rather than two. Is not allowed during a small, beautiful scene you can see from outside. That you want to open, and I think.
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  • This exclusive park is accessible to residents and guests so access is based on the hookup.  It is tranquil, sort of a green oasis in the middle of Manhattan. Quiet atmosphere. *****
  • The only private park in NYC and you can only get in if you live there and have a key or if you stay at a hotel that allows you access. Fortunately for me we stayed at the Gramercy Park Hotel and we were able to get in when we wanted for the duration of our stay. The grounds are beautifully kept and the flowers were starting to bloom. It's a welcome peace of serenity in a very fast paced city. When you are sitting inside of it the fast paced world around you just melts away and you forget where you are. I can see why people pay the price to live here to have access to it. It feels like a Zen garden in the middle of chaos. I am glad that I was able to visit it and take in all it has to offer and I can see why everyone pays the high price to live on the park and have access to it.
  • Gramercy Park is most definitely a beautiful pocket of green in Manhattan's Gramercy neighborhood. However, being a private neighborhood space in an area that is lacking in adequate access to parks and green spaces, makes Gramercy Park exemplary of the forbidden fruits that only money can buy. Again, beautiful space, but good luck getting anything more than the view behind the fence without having a key!
  • I bike by this place at least 4 times a week. It always smells nice. I think it's for rich people to go in and sit down. The gate is always closed when I bike by. Who are you keeping out... or in! oh dear god.
  • So beautiful yet barred to the public. Gramercy Park is the only public park that is not open to the public in New York City. I live in the area not the nice part but close enough that many people ask, especially tourist, how do you get in. I explain to them that you need to buy a multi million dollar apartment building adjacent to the park to get a key. It does open once a year in the winter to let every commoner come and take a look at what they don't get the other 364 days.