Who We Are
The Gramercy Park Block Association was formed in 1994, after Arlene Harrison’s son was brutally beaten by a random “wilding” gang of about 20 youths outside their home on Gramercy Park. To make something positive come out of this incident, a large group of determined neighbors from every building on Gramercy Park joined together to establish the Gramercy Park Block Association: a grassroots, proactive community group dedicated to public safety, crime prevention, historic preservation, and quality-of-life.
The GPBA has grown into a powerful, highly respected organization of 2,000 members, which serves as Gramercy Park’s voice for all neighborhood interests. The GPBA serves as the liaison between the Gramercy Park community and city agencies, elected officials, historic preservation groups, local BIDs, businesses, institutions, local first responders, and works with residents to make sure neighborhood concerns are addressed.
To educate the population of the area known as Gramercy Park as to the safety and security issues in this historic neighborhood, and to bring about civic betterment in order to promote the well-being of those who live and/or work in the greater Gramercy Park area.
GPBA provides Administrative Services to Gramercy Park
In 1831 Samuel B. Ruggles entrusted us with an extraordinary gift – 2 acres of land that make up Gramercy Park, and the Lots that surround it. Under the stewardship of the Park Trustees, the conditions of Ruggles’ original 1831 deed still govern the Park today. An annual assessment to the 39 Lot Owner buidings covers Park operating expenses and capital improvements.
Under the supervision of the Park Trustees, the GPBA provides administrative services, managing the following:
Community and Public Relations • Distribution of Park keys • Lot Owner Assessments • Quality of Life Issues • Park Operations • Communications • Fundraising • Events
Protector of Public Safety
Men’s shelter for sex offenders, ex-convicts • Residence for mentally ill, drug addicted • Violence-plagued Kenmore Hotel • Methadone clinic crime • X-rated businesses
With NYPD We Facilitate
Building staff security training • Building security surveys • Crime and safety alerts • Disaster preparation • Senior citizen escort • Anti auto & bike theft
World Trade Center Remembrance • National Night Out Against Crime • Wall of Honor for Fallen Officers • Event Honoring Fallen Officers • 13th Precinct Memorial Garden • NYPD Family Holiday Party • Veterans Support Program • NYPD Support Dinners • NYPD Support Events
Protector of Quality of Life
Homelessness • Neighborhood cleanup • Nightlife/bar issues • Traffic congestion • Construction issues • Streets, sidewalks • Dog etiquette • Street lighting • Air pollution • Sanitation • Graffiti • Noise
Liquor licenses for troublesome bars • Harmful commercial development • Bar proposal for Gramercy Park • Nightclub for Gramercy Park
Protector of Historic Residential Nature of Gramercy Park
What We Do
Fight legal actions threatening Park Trust • Fight threats to residential nature • Building restoration projects • Historic preservation projects Tree garden restoration • Streetscape projects
Gramercy Park history • Walking tours, lectures
Gramercy Park News e-newsletter • National Night Out Against Crime • World Trade Center Ceremony • Community Cultural Programs Palm Sunday Procession • Christmas Eve Caroling • Edwin Booth Birthday • Menorah Lighting • Easter Egg Hunt • Members Party • Fall Event • Edwin Booth Birthday • Menorah Lighting • Easter Egg Hunt • Members Party • Fall Event
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Kenmore Hall formerly homeless, chronically ill, frail elderly, veterans, people with HIV/AIDS • St• George’s Common Table neighbors in need • NY Cares Coat Drive service agencies, shelters • Nazareth House shelter women and children • Brotherhood Synagogue infants in poverty, under-resourced public schools, homeless men • Fox House Shelter women and children • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity underserved public high school students • NYTB’s Project LIFT shelter children • Scholarship for local student in need • Epiphany Church “Adopt a Family” • STEPS to End Family Violence • Homebound neighbors • Edwin Booth Birthday • Menorah Lighting • Easter Egg Hunt • Members Party • Fall Event