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Monday, April 14, 2014
Neighborhood News #531
President Obama comes to Gramercy Park
Obama, party of seven, your table is ready: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined for more than two hours on Friday evening with five friends at Maialino, an upscale and critically lauded "Roman trattoria" in the chic Gramercy Park ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Neighborhood News #529
Jimmy Fallon Named Most Desirable Celebrity Neighbor for 2014
Red carpets, award shows, magazine covers and movie screens - it's not often that we see celebrities outside these circumstances. Though chances are slim, in our celebrity-obsessed culture, everyone still has a wish list of stars they'd love to meet one day. What about living next door ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Neighborhood News #528
Our dear friend and Gramercy Park neighbor Philip K. Howard's latest book 'The Rule of Nobody'

Amid the liberal-conservative ideological clash that paralyzes our government, it's always refreshing to encounter the views of Philip K. Howard, whose ideology is common sense spiked with a sense of urgency. In "The Rule of Nobody," Mr. Howard ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Neighborhood News #527
HBO TV Series Boardwalk Empire to film around Gramercy Park on Wednesday 4/9
TOW TRUCKS WILL ARRIVE TONIGHT - TUES 4/8, 10pm.

VEHICLES MUST BE MOVED FROM THE AREAS BELOW BY THIS TIME, OR THEY WILL BE TOWED ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Neighborhood News #526
$7 Million Gramercy Co-op Looks Like a Medieval Lair
The listing for this Gramercy Park North co-op brags that it "has not been on the market in over 45 years," but looking at the design you would think it had been 450 years. Asking $7 million, this place just added itself to the small list of Manhattan co-ops ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, April 7, 2014
Neighborhood News #525
Jimmy Fallon Celebrates Early 'Tonight Show' Success With New, $1.35 M. Gramercy Park Co-op
The late night ratings aren't the only thing that perpetually-fresh faced comedian Jimmy Fallon is dominating these days. The freshly-minted Tonight Show host is toasting his early success by expanding his footprint at 34 Gramcery Park ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, April 4, 2014
Neighborhood News #524
Protect Gramercy Park - We need your help! Join the GPBA for 2014
We previously sent an e-mail about hundreds of people meeting to protest a wave of skyscrapers that will cast huge shadows on Central Park. We expressed our concerns about the many tall building developments now encroaching on Gramercy Park ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Neighborhood News #523
New street signs around historic Gramercy Park
Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA's work is preserving the unique historic residential character of our neighborhood. Toward that end, we are delighted to inform you that our street signs around the ....Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Neighborhood News #522
Lovely Gramercy Park Co-op Comes With Park Key, Asks $5M

This co-op at 13 Gramercy Park South comes with the one thing everyone in the neighborhood wants: a key to Gramercy Park. It also comes with a lot of lovely ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 27, 2014
Neighborhood News #521
Players aims to attract corporate crowd

Arthur Makar, the man who's been the president of The Players for a total of two weeks, knows that turning the financially strapped club around isn't going to be simple. Still, he said, while seated for an interview with Town & Village in one of the club's spacious rooms, "It isn't rocket science....Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Neighborhood News #520
Gramercy Park West, Gramercy Park East, Lexington Avenue and Irving Place to be repaved!
Street Closures for night work Wed 3/26 5PM - Thurs 3/27 5AM Please be advised Loud noise from equipment to be expected throughout the process. ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 20, 2014
Neighborhood News #519
Players gets new president
The Players club, which for the past year has been struggling to stay afloat after having fallen up to $4 million in debt, has appointed a new president, replacing its longtime leader Johnnie Planco ...Click here to read more.
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Crains; Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Neighborhood News #518
The Players Survives on Gramercy Park!
The scaffolding is down, and with new leadership and a Strategic Turnound Plan, the club begins journey to restore financial stability, accountability and trust ...Click here to read more.
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Architectural Digest; April 2014
Neighborhood News #517
Gramercy Park neighbor highly acclaimed interior designer Sara Story's Texas home in April Architectural Digest
Gramercy Park neighbor highly acclaimed interior designer Sara Story's Texas Hill Country home featured in April issue of Architectural Digest Photographs by Gramercy Park neighbor world renowned photographer Pieter Estersohn ...Click here to read more.
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NY Times; March 13, 2014
Neighborhood News #516
After Stay in Gramercy Park, Calder Sculpture Pops Up in Maastricht
For those of you who continue to inquire about the Calder sculpture Janey Waney that has been in Gramercy Park for the past 3 years, we just learned that it is now on view at the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
...Click here to read more.
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AARP Bulletin; March 2014
Neighborhood News #515
10 Medical Tests to Avoid
Since a major focus of the GPBA's mission is "promoting the well-being of those who live and work here," we thought the following would be of interest. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is a membership organization for people age 50 and over, "dedicated to enhancing ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Neighborhood News #514
Gramercy Park neighbor designer Michael Devine releases new book
Our dear friend and Gramercy Park neighbor designer Michael Devine has authored and photographed a book titled "An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors.
...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Neighborhood News #513

Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday March 9th
Rupert Murdoch buys top 4 floors at One Madison for $57.25M
NYPD to keep Police Academy building after move to Queens
...Click here to read more.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Neighborhood News #512
GPBA Neighbors Helping Neighbors donates to neighbors in need
Thanks to our neighbors on Gramercy Park, The Gramercy Park Block Association Neighbors Helping Neighbors recently donated clothing, educational supplies, and furniture to Calvary-St. George's programs to benefit those in need.
...Click here to read more.
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Friday, February 21, 2014
Neighborhood News #511
Neighbors near Central Park are protesting skyscrapers casting shadows on the park
Do we have a similar threat to Gramercy Park? The answer is YES!
On Wednesday, hundreds of people packed the New York Public Library to speak out against a wave of skyscrapers that will cast huge shadows on Central Park ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Neighborhood News #510
Our dear Gramercy Park neighbor
Danny Meyer
The evolution of Danny Meyer
As Union Square Hospitality grows up, its founder tries to hang onto the small-company culture that keeps the business cooking.
...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Neighborhood News #509
Caring community helps GPBA collect food for Kenmore
We'd like to thank our hundreds of Gramercy Park neighbors for their donations of pantry supplies to our GPBA Neighbors Helping Neighbors' Annual Pantry Drive for Kenmore Hall. Kenmore Hall ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Neighborhood News #508
Winter Photos of Gramercy Park
We are grateful to GPBA Board Member Sean Brady, who is also Of Counsel to the Trustees of Gramercy Park, for these wonderful recent photos of Gramercy Park.
...Click here to read more.
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Neighborhood News #507
Alexander Calder sculpture Janey Waney to be de-installed temporarily from Gramercy Park Tuesday 2/18
Weather permitting, the Alexander Calder sculpture Janey Waney will be de-installed from Gramercy Park tomorrow. The sculpture will be traveling to go on exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Neighborhood News #506
'Tonight' Show Returns to New York After Nearly 42 Years
Tonight at midnight on NBC Channel 4 our wonderful Gramercy Park neighbor Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of The Tonight Show. He is taking over from longtime host Jay Leno, and moving the show back to its New York roots, 42 years after Johnny Carson moved it to Burbank, California ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Neighborhood News #505
The first-ever film of a New York City blizzard Filmed in 1902 at 23rd and Broadway by Gramercy Park resident Thomas A. Edison
In light of the current weather, we thought the following video, shared with us by GPBA Board member Lynne Lerner, would be of interest. The video, shot by prolific inventor Thomas Edison's Edison Manufacturing Company, depicts a blizzard that hit New York on February 17, 1902.
...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Neighborhood News #504
Annual Pantry Drive for Kenmore Hall
Hungry New Yorkers Need Our Help!

Kenmore Hall Pantry Drive
low-income, formerly homeless, frail elderly, chronically ill. Drop off Tuesday 2/18, 8am-6pm, Gramercy Park East Doorman
...Click here to read more.
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The Real Deal: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Neighborhood News #503
Police Academy vacates longtime Gramercy Park space

Since for many years there has been talk about the Police Academy moving from its present location at 235 E 20th St, we thought the following article would be of interest. Clarification: The article below states "The New York City Police Department's ...Click here to read more.
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Wall Street Journal: Friday, February 7, 2014

Neighborhood News #502
Travel Q&A With Restaurateur Danny Meyer

Our dear friend and neighbor restaurateur Danny Meyer answers questions about his travel experiences. He is photographed at his Maialino restaurant in the Gramercy Park Hotel, our Gramercy Park Block Association's "de facto city hall"...Click here to read more.
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NY Times Real Estate: Friday, February 7, 2014
Neighborhood News #501
Gramercy Park Condop, Man-Cave Included
Since a focus of the GPBA's work is preserving property values on Gramercy Park, we collaborated last week with New York Times writer Robin Finn on the story below about an apartment at 50 Gramercy Park North coming on the market...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, January 30, 2014
Neighborhood News #500
13th Precinct reports hike in crime
The winter's most recent snowstorm thwarted the 13th Precinct Community Council's monthly meeting last week, but the weather does not seem to have thwarted criminals in the neighborhood ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Neighborhood News #499
Shame on the Board of Directors of The Players

After the 18-page Financial Audit Committee report detailing the financial mismanagement under Johnnie Planco's presidency, not only did this board choose to re-elect Planco, but as he continues to tell his lies, they continue to support his presidency ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, February 3, 2014
Neighborhood News #498
Last Night With Jimmy Fallon: Into the Wee Hours With the Heir to TV's Grandest Franchise

On Monday, February 17th our wonderful neighbor Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno, bringing the show back to New York after 42 years in California.
...Click here to read more.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014
Neighborhood News #497
High drama at the Players Club
Financial troubles put the spotlight on the theatrical community's club as it tries to raise the curtain on a new era ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Neighborhood News #496
Guess what's coming to Gramercy Park?
If you think One Madison (23rd St & Madison Ave), the pencil-thin residential tower clearly visible from Gramercy Park is tall, wait until you see the skyscraper planned for 41 East 22nd St where Tamarind restaurant recently closed. The planned building will be almost 150 feet taller than One Madison, currently the Flatiron District's tallest apartment building ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Neighborhood News #495
Our Gramercy Park 'Picasso' and wonderful friend Domingo Zapata
'PICASSO ON THE PARK'
Inspired by his legendary countrymen, Spanish artist Domingo Zapata creates a color-filled studio and home in a sprawling Gramercy townhouse ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Neighborhood News #494
Gramercy Park Neighbors Dr. Amanda Foreman and Uma Thurman celebrate opening of Foreman's Literary Cabaret Series
A pride of literary lions gathered Monday to celebrate acclaimed author Dr. Amanda Foreman's new literary cabaret series, "Seriously Entertaining." Uma Thurman hosted one bookish game called ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, January 27, 2014
Neighborhood News #493
Gramercy Park Neighbor Restaurateur Phil Suarez's new restaurant Inn at Pound Ridge attracting celebrities

Also kudos to Phil, a producer of the musical "Kinky Boots", which won Best Musical Theater Album at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards!
...Click here to read more.

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Monday, January 27, 2014
Neighborhood News #492
Blown tire caused explosive scare, officials say - 26th St & Lexington Ave.
GRAMERCY PARK (WABC) -- What began as reports of a small explosion inside an apartment building on Lexington Avenue, prompting a rapid response of fire and emergency teams, turned out to be a blown tire ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Neighborhood News #491
18 Gramercy Park among most expensive apartment buildings of 2013

That the Zeckendorfs' lavish 15 Central Park West topped the list of 2013's priciest buildings per square foot will surprise few, but several of the runners up may raise an eyebrow. The double-towered ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Neighborhood News #490
Gramercy Park neighbor Sir Martin Sorrell
Our dear Gramercy Park neighbor Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, joins the world's top business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Neighborhood News #489
18 Gramercy Park ranked highest-priced new project of 2013
The most expensive new development in Manhattan in 2013 was the Zeckendorfs' 18 Gramercy Park, where closed sales averaged more than $4,000 per square foot, according to a report from CityRealty provided exclusively to The Real Deal ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, January 6, 2014
Neighborhood News #488
Cold Weather Advisory
Today's temperature is expected to drop from a high of 55 degrees this morning to only 6 degrees and very windy tonight. On Tuesday during the day and night, temperatures between 5 and 11 degrees are expected to feel more like 10 below zero ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, January 3, 2014
Neighborhood News #487
Nazareth Housing Homeless Shelters thanks Gramercy Park Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors who participated in our GPBA's Annual Fund, Neighbors Helping Neighbors was able to send donations of clothing, furniture, baby items, toys, books and other supplies to Nazareth Housing.
...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014
Neighborhood News #486
Winter Storm Warning
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until tomorrow afternoon, Fri 1/3. The National Weather Service is currently predicting 6-8 inches of snow in New York City and more in surrounding ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, December 26, 2013
Neighborhood News
NYPD Emergency Service Truck #1 Family Holiday Party
NYPD Emergency Service Truck #1's Annual Family Christmas party was held at Epiphany Church on Sunday, December 15th. The event was a group effort between ESU Truck #1, Epiphany Church and The Gramercy Park Block Association. ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, December 19, 2013
Neighborhood News #485
Historic St. George's Church to re-open Announcement made at 125th annual candlelight service
More than 500 people, both local and from around the country, gathered to celebrate the 125th annual candlelight service at historic St. George's Church on Sunday, December 8th. The service is one of the oldest candlelight services in the nation ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Neighborhood News
Trustees Sponsor Christmas Caroling in Gramercy Park
More than a thousand people gathered in Gramercy Park on Christmas Eve for the annual caroling sponsored by the Trustees of the Park. The caroling was led by Park Trustee Rev. Tom Pike, as well ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Neighborhood News #484
Caroling in Gramercy Park

Note: Song sheets will be passed out at the Gramercy Park north gate. Should you want to use your smartphone or tablet
...Click here to read more.

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Town & Village; Thursday, December 19, 2013
Neighborhood News #483
GPBA joins Paddy Maguire's Ale House for annual toy drive
Every year The Gramercy Park Block Association members join Paddy Maguire's Ale House at 237 Third Avenue at 20th Street for an annual toy drive. The GPBA's "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" Community Service Committee then sorts the toys ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Neighborhood News #482
This Day in NYC History December 17th: Gramercy Park Was Established in 1831
On December 17, 1831 a deed by Samuel Ruggles established the plot of land between 3rd Avenue and Park Avenue South from 18th to 21st Streets as Gramercy Park. Today one of the priciest and ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Neighborhood News #481
Caroling in Gramercy Park
Tuesday December 24
Annual Community Singing
led by Rev. Tom Pike
Calvary-St. George's Rev. Jacob Smith
with Music Director Kamel Boutros
...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, December 12, 2013
Neighborhood News #480
NYPD 13th Precinct's Annual Family Holiday Party

The 13th Precinct recently held their Annual Family Holiday Party at Epiphany Church's Monsignor Farriker Hall on Saturday, December 7th. The event team included Detective Ray Dorrian and Police Officers John Considine and Vinnie Arlotta ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, December 12, 2013

Neighborhood News #479
Menorah Lighting in Gramercy Park

The Trustees of Gramercy Park sponsored their annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 4th. Once again Rabbi Daniel Alder of The Brotherhood Synagogue led the singing and blessings, in which not only ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Neighborhood News #478
GPBA Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Annual Holiday Toy Drive at Paddy Maguire's Ale House

Saturday, 12/15
5PM - 8PM
Paddy Maguire's Ale House
237 3rd Ave 20th St
...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village Blog; Monday, December 9, 2013
Neighborhood News #477
National Arts Club president says he's focused on the future

Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA's work is Historic Preservation. The National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South, an individually designated landmark within the Historic District, sits on one of the ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, December 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #476
GPBA's Neighbors Helping Neighbors delivers Thanksgiving
Once again, The Gramercy Park Block Association's Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteers brought Thanksgiving cheer to hundreds of people. GPBA members, many with their young children, joined Rev. Jacob Smith and his wife Melina ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #475
Donate Children's Books

For Foundling Hospital
Beth Isral Pediatric Ward

Unwrapped books
New condition
Ages 2-12

... Click here to read more.
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Daytonian in Manhattan; Thursday, December 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #474
Nos. 3 and 4 Gramercy Park West
Since Gramercy Park is within the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA is historic preservation. We thought the following article in the "Daytonian in Manhattan" describing the extensive history of Nos. 3 and 4 Gramercy Park West might be ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, December 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #473
Christmas Tree Arrives in Gramercy Park
In keeping with what has now become a 39-year tradition, the Gramercy Park Christmas tree, a 40-foot Norway spruce, was delivered to the Park on Tuesday, December 3rd. Once again the tree was provided and installed by the Boag family of Seaside Park ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, December 2, 2013
Neighborhood News #472
Adopt a Family for Christmas
A project of the Epiphany Church Social Action Committee for 5 social service agnencies in Harlem. To Adopt a Family, contact Virginia Urban at virginiaurban@yahoo.com and cc arlenesharrison@yahoo.com. Drop off Wednesday ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, November 25, 2013
Neighborhood News #470
New Gramercy Park Neighbor Renowned Artist Domingo Zapata
We'd like to welcome our terrific new neighbor, renowned Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata to Gramercy Park. Zapata maintains studios in his Gramercy Park townhouse, the Design District in Miami, and the Palazzo da Mula in Venice ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, November 21, 2013
GPBA Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Taking Care of Our Neighbors in Need
In preparation for The Gramercy Park Block Association's several Neighbors Helping Neighbors Thanksgiving projects, GPBA President Arlene Harrison and Emergency Service Truck #1 Detectives welcomed Fresh Direct donations ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, November 21, 2013
Neighborhood News #469
13th Precinct sees spike in thefts, burglaries Police also preparing for upcoming SantaCon pub crawl
The 13th Precinct saw a 35 percent spike in crime over the last month, mostly in burglaries and grand larcenies. The stats were revealed by Deputy Inspector Dave Ehrenberg at a meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council on Tuesday ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
GPBA Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Serve Thanksgiving dinner to people in need
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday 11/28
Olmsted Hall
Calvary-St. Georges Church
209 E. 16th St.
...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, November 14, 2013
Neighborhood News #468
GPBA helps Lower East Side's Nazareth House supportive housing
The Gramercy Park Block Association's Neighbors Helping Neighbors Committee recently sent 2 vans filled with donations to the Lower East Side Nazareth House, which provides homelessness prevention services, emergency ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Neighborhood News #467
Vercesi Hardware to close at the end of the month
An 18-story condominium building is in the works at the site of a century old hardware store in Gramercy. The New Jersey-based owner and developer, known only as LKH 23rd LLC, plans to replace 23rd Street Hardware at 152 East 23rd Street, near ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Neighborhood News #466
NY Cares Coat Drive
11/13-12/31
Keep a New Yorker Warm
Donate a Coat Today
Drop off new or gently used
freshly laundered coats
13th Precinct - 230 E 21st St
Click here to read more.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Neighborhood News #465
EMERGENCY ALERT 20th Street Closed Again TONIGHT
Park Ave South to Third Ave Thurs 11/7 6PM - Friday 11/8 6AM Due to some glitches last night (heavy construction equipment that needed to be moved), the repaving of Gramercy Park South was only partially ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Neighborhood News #464
Our friends at Historic Districts Council need our help!
Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA's mission is historic preservation. Since many of our members are preservationists, we are a devoted Neighborhood Partner of the Historic Districts Council ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #463
EMERGENCY ALERT
Street Closure for Repaving - Tow Away Zone
20th St - Park Ave South to Third Ave. Tomorrow Wed 11/6 6PM - Thurs 11/7 6AM. Cars parked in this area will be towed. If your car is towed, call the 13th Precinct...Click here to read more.
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Monday, November 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #462
Gramercy Park Neighbor Interior Designer Sara Story featured in New York Spaces Magazine
The interior design work of our dear friend and Gramercy Park neighbor Sara Story was recently featured in the October issue of New York Spaces in an article titled "Gramercy Park in Black & White: Effortless Cool." ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, November 1, 2013
Neighborhood News #461
Street Closure for Repaving - Tow Away Zone
21st St - Park Ave S to Third Ave Today, Fri 11/1 6PM - Sat 11/2 6AM. We have just received an emergency notification from our friends at the Department of Transportation that today (Fri 11/1) ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Neighborhood News #460
Emergency Alert - Water Main Break
Information from our friends at the Flatiron/23rd St. Partnership A water main break occurred this morning near 23rd St and Park Avenue South. According to NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Neighborhood News #459
Hurricane Sandy: Gramercy Park President Remembers
One year later, it is still hard to imagine the tragic loss of life and enormous devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy. For many months thousands were with no electricity, no heat, no gas, no hot water, no plumbing ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, October 28, 2013
Neighborhood News #458
Two new trees planted on Gramercy Park South
This week is the First Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. During that storm, 2 large street trees on the southeast sidewalk outside of Gramercy Park were toppled. Yesterday Bartlett Tree Experts, who care for and maintain the Gramercy Park trees ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, October 25, 2013
Neighborhood News #457
New Landscape Plan for Gramercy Park

A new landscape plan designed by Park Project Manager Kathleen Scupp in collaboration with Anthony Bulfamante Landscaping has been just been implemented inside the perimeter of Gramercy Park ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, October 24, 2013
Neighborhood News #456
Fall Event Celebrated in Gramercy Park
On Friday October 18th, Gramercy Park families attended a Trustee-sponsored Fall Event in the Park. The event was organized by Trustee Arlene Harrison, President of the Gramercy Park Block Association, and Kathleen Scupp, Chair of the GPBA Events ...Click here to read more.
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NY Social Diary; Friday, October 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #455
Gramercy Park Neighbor Thomas Burak
Our dear friend and Gramercy Park neighbor Thomas Burak was recently featured in New York Social Diary ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, October 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #454
Repaving the Streets Surrounding Gramercy Park

As result of ongoing complaints from our neighbors about the hazardous conditions of the streets surrounding Gramercy Park (i.e. dangerous potholes), we have been in regular contact with our friends at the Department of Transportation ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, October 14, 2013
Neighborhood News #452
13th Precinct Community Council Meeting - Tues. 10/15
The 13th Precinct Community Council will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and officers from the 13th Precinct will give updates on crime in the neighborhood and will hear concerns ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village Blog; Thursday October 3, 2013
Neighborhood News #451
The Players - Update
Players workers threaten to rally
Since The Players sits on one of the original lots laid out in the 1831 Ruggles Gramercy Park Trust, and is an individually designated landmark within the Gramercy Park Historic District, we are deeply concerned about the club and its future. As far as we know ...Click here to read more.
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NY Times; Friday October 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #450
The Building Has 1,000 Eyes More Surveillance Cameras at New York Residences
If you have any doubts about how critical video surveillance systems are in fighting crime, please see the New York Times article following our introduction ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #449
Fall Event for Key Holder Families

Friday, October 18, 2013
4:00-5:30pm

Click here for more information.

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NY Observer SCENE Magazine; October 2013
Neighborhood News #448
The Gate Keeper
Are you on the list?
Shrouded in mystery and beautifully maintained, the 182-year-old Gramercy Park is kept under lock and key. To get behind the gates, one must be approved by Arlene Harrison, who has served as the vanguard for all that is acceptable in the park's lush two acres ...Click here to read more.
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Gotham Magazine; October 2013
Neighborhood News #447
All Keyed Up Are the Zeckendorf Brothers and Robert A. M. Stern re-creating the magic of 15 Central Park West on Gramercy Park?
Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA's mission is historic preservation. Therefore, the GPBA played the leading role in the redevelopment of 18 Gramercy Park South, including selecting a developer (Zeckendorf Development), navigating the project through the Landmarks procedure, and monitoring all quality of life issues ... Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, September 26, 2013
Neighborhood News #446
New York Theatre Ballet looking for a new home
The New York Theatre Ballet will be losing its longtime home in the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, but founder and artistic director Diana Byer said that the company definitely won't be folding. The NYTB has until September 30 to vacate its studio ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Neighborhood News #445
National Arts Club President Resigns After Less Than Five Months

The National Arts Club's new president resigned after less than five months at the helm of the 115-year-old Gramercy Park institution that's been mired in controversy, DNAinfo New York has learned. Rev. Thomas Pike, the retired rector from the nearby Calvary-St. George's Church and former city ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, September 20, 2013
Neighborhood News #444
The Players - CB6 Parks, Landmarks & Cultural Affairs Committee Resolution

Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA is Historic Preservation. Therefore, we are vigilant about the condition of The Players' building at 16 Gramercy Park South, which is an individually designated ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Neighborhood News #443
Police Dep Barricades on Gramercy Park East
In response to many recent neighborhood complaints about the Police Dept. barricades being stored on the sidewalk on Gramercy Park East for nearly two months, yesterday we reached out directly to our friends at the 13th Precinct ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #442
The Fashion BID Kite Flight
Sunday, September 22nd
1:00pm-4:00pm
Port Authority Bus Terminal Rooftop
8th Ave at 40th St
7th floor South Wing
...Click here to view the poster.
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New York Times; Friday, September 13, 2013
Neighborhood News #441
Big Ticket | Gramercy Park Penthouse for $42 Million

Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA's mission is historic preservation. Toward that end, the GPBA played an integral role in selecting a developer (Zeckendorf Development) for the preservation and adaptive reuse of 18 Gramercy Park South ...Click here to read more.
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Wall Street Journal; Friday, September 13, 2013
Neighborhood News #440
Hoop Dreams: Houston Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander Buys a Penthouse in Downtown New York for $42 Million

Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets basketball team, has paid $42 million for a penthouse in New York's Gramercy Park, atop a former Salvation Army residence for women. The penthouse is on the two top floors of 18 Gramercy Park, a conversion designed by Robert A.M. Stern that set ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, September 12, 2013
Neighborhood News #439
9/11 remembered at 13th Precinct ceremony
Police officers of the 13th Precinct and Emergency Service Unit Truck 1, along with members of the community, gathered in front of the precinct's stationhouse on Wednesday to commemorate the twelfth anniversary of the September 11th ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Neighborhood News #438
Gramercy Park Flower Shop Clarification from Owner Tom Sakas

In response to an e-mail we sent yesterday, Gramercy Park Flower Shop owner Tom Sakas asked us to please clarify that although their Third Ave location is now closed, they are still open for business ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Neighborhood News #437
Gramercy Park Remembers
Our community's response to the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster - a four-part booklet of articles and photos. Part 1 includes speech given by Arlene Harrison each year for several years at the GPBA's Annual World Trade Center Remembrance ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Neighborhood News #436
Gramercy Park Flower Shop Closing, & Neighbors David Gilboa & Jim Parsons

Much to our sadness, the Gramercy Park Flower Shop, located at 236 Third Ave, closed yesterday. Founded in 1904 by two Greek brothers, Peter and Spiro Sakas, the business, run by Peter's grandson Tommy Sakas, had stayed in the family ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, September 9, 2013
Neighborhood News #435
Neighbors Helping Neighbors "Back to School Drive" - Thank You Gramercy Park Neighbors!
A major focus of the GPBA's mission is "to promote the well-being" of our neighbors. Last week we had our First Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors "Back to School Drive," to benefit children mainly from city homeless shelters. We'd like to thank ...Click here to read more.
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Wall Street; Friday, September 6, 2013
Neighborhood News #434
Seven-Figure Sargents

Since a major focus of the GPBA is Historic Preservation, we are vigilant about The Players, whose 1844 Greek Revival townhouse at 16 Gramercy Park South sits on one of the original lots laid out in the 1831 Samuel B. Ruggles Gramercy Park Trust. The 1890 John Singer Sargent painting of Edwin Booth described below is not the Sargent painting of Joseph Jefferson that the Players ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, September 6, 2013
Neighborhood News #433
Sanitation Garage Proposal - Update
A major focus of our GPBA is "Quality of Life" (here and in the surrounding neighborhood) and "Neighbors Helping Neighbors." Last week we informed you of an August 28th meeting organized by Rose Hill Community Organization President ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #432
World Trade Center Remembrance Ceremony
Please join us for the World Trade Center Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:30AM at the 13th Precinct ...Click here to read more.
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NY Times; Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Neighborhood News #431
Gramercy Neighbor Phil Suarez's ABC Kitchen featured in NY Times "Ladies Who Power Lunch"

Our wonderful friend, highly acclaimed restaurateur Phil Suarez, described as "an icon in the world of New York City fine dining and one of its most accomplished leaders," continues to make headlines ...Click here to read more.
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Wall Street Journal; Monday, September 2, 2013
Neighborhood News #430
Arts Clubs Go Soul-Searching in a New Era

Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA's mission is Historic Preservation. Toward that end, we are vigilant about what goes on at The National Arts Club ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, August 30, 2013
Neighborhood News #429
Peter's Field Playground (2nd Ave & 21st St) Proposed lighting for night time games
Since many of our Gramercy Park families bring their young children to Peter's Field (2nd Ave & 21st St) to play sports and games, ride bikes, etc, we thought the following information might be of interest ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Neighborhood News #428
End of Summer Clean-Up of Gramercy Park
Park Closed TODAY at 2pm until tomorrow (Fri 8/29) at 7am
Today, Mike Boag of Boag Nurseries and his landscaping crew are in the Park for their annual end of summer clean-up. Since at different times during the clean-up there will be trucks, equipment ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Neighborhood News #427
Shopping Safety Tip
Stores and supermarkets are popular places for thieves to prowl. Shoppers often use the child seat of shopping cart to hold their purse and other personal items and this offers an opportunity for a thief. ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Neighborhood News #426
Cellphone Recovery Success!

Since a major focus of the GPBA is crime prevention and public safety, we thought the following information from the NYPD about recovering lost or stolen cell phones might be of interest ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, August 26, 2013
Neighborhood News #425
Proposed Sanitation Garage - 425 E 25th St. Community Meeting

Since a major focus of our Gramercy Park Block Association is Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Quality of Life (both here and in the surrounding neighborhood) we thought the following might be of interest to you....Click here to read more.
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Friday, August 23, 2013
Neighborhood News #424
Reminder: Drop off this Wednesday, 8/28!
Since a major focus of our mission is "to promote the well-being" of our neighbors, please see our latest Neighbors Helping Neighbors project ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, August 23, 2013
Neighborhood News #423
Gramercy Park Historic Preservation Expert Gabriel Popian
Since 2006, the Trustees of Gramercy Park have been working on all Gramercy Park historic preservation projects with G & L Popian, Inc., the international historic conservation, restoration and preservation firm of Gabriel Popian ....Click here to read more.
 
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Neighborhood News #422
"Unforgettable" Filming in Gramercy Park area Friday, 8/23

CBS TV series "UNFORGETTABLE" will film exterior scenes on Gramercy Park West between E 20th & E 21st Streets on Friday, August 23th from approx. 5pm - 2am. Parking cleared for production vehicles - beginning Friday August 23rd on the following ...Click here to learn more.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Neighborhood News #421
Back to School Drive
Since a major focus of our mission is "to promote the well-being" of our neighbors, please see our latest Neighbors Helping Neighbors project ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, August 16, 2013
Neighborhood News #420
The GPBA's Annual Summer Neighborhood Preservation, Environmental and Greening Program
We recently implemented our Annual Summer Neighborhood Preservation, Environmental and Greening Program for the Gramercy Park area ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Neighborhood News #419
Fresh Direct donates flowers to neighborhood
The Gramercy Park Block Association once again thanked Fresh Direct for their shipment of over a hundred bouquets of flowers to the Gramercy Park community. "The word has spread throughout the area about Fresh Direct's generosity ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Neighborhood News #418
The Gramercy Park Block Association joins the 30th Annual 13th Precinct National Night Out Against Crime
Since a major focus of the GPBA is crime prevention and public safety, each year we sponsor the 13th Precinct's National Night Out Against Crime, which this year celebrated it's 30th anniversary ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Neighborhood News #417
Trash Piles Up in Gramercy After Doe Fund Leaves, Residents Say
GRAMERCY - The Doe Fund workers who have been cleaning Gramercy's streets for more than a year have left the neighborhood - and residents say trash has already begun piling up ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Neighborhood News #416
Neighborhood Preservation, Environmental and Greening Program

Since a major focus of the GPBA is Quality of Life, each summer we implement our Neighborhood Preservation, Environmental and Greening Program. Thanks to all of you whose annual support of the GPBA makes this project possible ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, August 9, 2013
Neighborhood News #415
Shame on The Players Board of Directors for re-electing the president who was at the helm as the club accrued $4 million in debt

The Board of Directors just re-elected a President with little credibility, No business acumen, and No business plan in place ... and the $4 million debt continues ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Neighborhood News #414
Overflowing waste receptacles: Thank you to our Gramercy Park neighbors for taking action!

Last Friday, the GPBA sent an e-mail calling on neighbors to report to 311 the overflowing waste receptacles surrounding Gramercy Park and across the street. As a result, the community bombarded 311 with dozens of complaints and sent us ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Neighborhood News #413
Big Ticket | A Floor With a Key to a Park for $15.175 Million
Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA's mission is historic preservation. Toward that end, the GPBA played an integral role in selecting a developer (Zeckendorf Development) for the preservation ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Neighborhood News #412
The 13th Precinct's National Night Out Against Crime - TONIGHT!
Please join us tonight for the 30th Anniversary of National Night Out Against Crime! There will be music, entertainment and fun for the whole family, including clowns and caricaturists!
...Click here to read more.
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Monday, August 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #411
Construction site safety
For many years, we have heard that for safety reasons, we should avoid walking under scaffolding at construction sites. Since a major focus of our mission is Safety and Security, and there are several new construction projects planned for our area, we thought the following e-mail from a neighbor would be of interest.
...Click here to read more.
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Friday, August 2, 2013
Neighborhood News #410
Overflowing waste receptacles surrounding Gramercy Park and across the street from the Park - We need your help!
The photos above were taken at 9am this morning (Friday 8/2). The receptacles have now overflowed much more than what you see in the pictures. Since the Doe Fund has left the neighborhood a couple of weeks ago, we have been receiving numerous complaints about this problem ....Click here to read more.
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Friday, August 2, 2013
Neighborhood News #409
Opposition to Proposed Sanitation Garage - 425 East 25th St.

Since a major focus of our Gramercy Park Block Association is Quality of Life (both here and in the surrounding neighborhood) we thought the following issue may be of interest to you.
...Click here to read more.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Neighborhood News #408
NYC Department of Transportation - Summer Streets
On three consecutive Saturdays, August 3, 10, and 17 from 7:00am to 1:00pm, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets will be opened for people to play, walk, bike and enjoy. ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Neighborhood News #407
Jimmy Fallon Introduces Daughter Winnie Rose

Congratulations to neighbors Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen Fallon on the arrival of their baby girl Winnie Rose! ...Click here to read more.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Neighborhood News #406
Photos of our Gramercy Park flower beds

Our newly-designed Gramercy Park flower beds are flourishing. These gardens, designed by our Project Manager Kathleen Scupp in collaboration with Anthony Bulfamante Landscaping, have received rave reviews ...Click here to read more.
 
Monday, July 29, 2013
Neighborhood News #405
Save the date: National Night Out Against Crime

The GPBA invites you to the 13th Precinct's National Night Out Against Crime. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 5-8pm, at the JHS 104 Playground, Second Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, July 25, 2013
Neighborhood News #404
Gramercy Park Doe Fund street cleaning crew reassigned "temporarily"

According to many Gramercy Park area residents, The Doe Fund's Ready, Willing, and Able street cleaning crew, who have worked in the area since 2011, have made a huge difference in the neighborhood's cleanliness and quality of life ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Neighborhood News #403
Shame on the Board of Directors of The Players
On Monday, July 22nd, newly re-elected Players president Johnnie Planco sent an e-mail to the members outlining some of the many dire financial woes at the club. Many who read the e-mail reacted with ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Neighborhood News #402
Spotlight on our Gramercy Park Neighbors

Gramercy Park neighbor and world renowned artist James Turrell's work is currently featured in an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition includes "Aten Reign," an "immense, elliptical, nearly hallucinatory play of light and color that makes ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Neighborhood News #401
"People elect the government they deserve"
The Tragedy at The Players
For those who still cannot fathom how The Players has fallen into $4 million in debt and has come to be in "imminent danger of closing," all you need to know is the following: 1) Johnnie Planco, who was ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, July 22, 2013
Neigborhood News #400
Credit Card Fraud
Credit Card Fraud is a serious criminal matter that impacts millions of consumers around the world. What can we do to help make sure we are not victimized? Stores and credit card companies don't always require ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, July 19, 2013
Neighborhood News #399
Restoration Plans at 5 Gramercy Park West
Since a major focus of our Gramercy Park Block Association is historic preservation, I thought the following testimony which I gave this week at the Landmarks Preservation Commission in support of restoration plans ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #398
Calvary-St. George's 4th Annual Creative Arts Camp
Calvary-St. George's 4th Annual Creative Arts Camp took place recently at 61 Gramercy Park North. This free weeklong community program was geared towards children from PreK to junior high and featured ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #397
Gramercy Park Block Association delivers flowers to 13th Precinct in appreciation for their service
Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison delivered 150 flower bouquets to 13th Precinct Police Officers, Emergency Service Unit Truck #1 ...Click here to read more.
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Business Insider; Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Neighborhood News #396
"Girls" filming on Gramercy Park
Many of you have been asking about the film trucks parked along Gramercy Park North for the past two days. They are from the highly-rated HBO film series "Girls", which was created by and stars actress and ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, July 15, 2013
Neighborhood News #395
Help Save The Players - Update
Now that we've finally had success at the National Arts Club, our neighbors have asked for us to update them on The Players. Toward that end, we have just sent the e-mail below to The Players' Board of Directors, and several Committees ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, July 12, 2013
Neighborhood News #394
The Doe Fund crew is leaving tomorrow - We need your help!

The Doe Fund's Ready, Willing, and Able street cleaning crew, who have worked in the Gramercy Park area since 2011, have made a huge difference in the cleanliness and quality of life here ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, July 12, 2013
Neighborhood News #393
Congratulations are pouring in from around the country. I'd like thank the many hundreds of you who have worked tirelessly over the last two decades to see this day come. Please see additional articles ...Click here to read more.
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Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Post; Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Neighborhood News #392
Disgraced National Arts Club President Settles Lawsuit
The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that it had obtained a $950,000 settlement in the case of O. Aldon James, the longtime-and now former-president of the National Arts Club ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Neighborhood News #391
Aldon James Agrees to Pay $900K to National Arts Club in Settlement Deal
GRAMERCY - The state Attorney General's office reached a settlement with O. Aldon James resolving a $1.75 million lawsuit that alleged he ran the National Arts Club for his own benefit, according to a deal ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, July 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #390
Gramercy Park Block Association & Calvary Church Celebrate Make Music New York
The Gramercy Park Block Association and Calvary-St. George's Church partnered in hosting Make Music New York, an annual event organized by the parish music director Kamel Boutros ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Neighborhood News #389
ATM "Skimming" Tips
Since a focus of the GPBA mission is safety, security and quality of life, we'd like to pass the important information below from the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau.
...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Neighborhood News #388
Help Save The Players - Update - Why we are concerned
Many of you continue to be concerned about the financial state of The Players and its future, and so I am including a link to audio of The Players financial report delivered at their June 19th annual meeting by treasurer Giacomo Selloni.
...Click here to read more.
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Monday, July 1, 2013
Neighborhood News #387
Gramercy Park Real Estate Update: 18 Gramercy Park South
Since 2006, we have worked closely with Zeckendorf Development on the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the Salvation Army Parkside Evangeline Residence at 18 Gramercy Park South, an 18-story Georgian Revival ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Thursday, June 27`, 2013
Neighborhood News #386
Disgraced Ex-President Starts to Move Out of National Arts Club
More than 30 moving boxes were piled up outside the back entrance of the National Arts Club Wednesday as disgraced former president O. Aldon James and his twin brother began their forced eviction. ... Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Neighborhood News #385
Elderly Man Killed by MTA Bus on Third Avenue at 20th St.
An elderly man was struck and killed by an MTA bus Wednesday morning while crossing the intersection of Third Avenue and East 20th Street, police said. The unidentified 80-year-old man was crossing ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Neighborhood News #384
Help Save The Players - Comments about 6/19 Annual Meeting
Many of you have been asking why, after the June 19th Annual Meeting, Johnnie Planco has remained the president of The Players, when the rest of the Executive Committee has now resigned. ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Neighborhood News #383
New Design of the Four Flower Beds in Gramercy Park
For Summer 2013, the Trustees chose to re-design the planting of the 4 flower beds in the center of Gramercy Park. In the past, we planted impatiens or brown leaf begonias in various colors and combinations. It was decided to treat this year's ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Monday, June 24, 2013
Neighborhood News #382
Doomsday Scenario Would Sell Debt-Ridden Players Club's Gramercy Park Home
The Players Club's historic Gramercy Park townhouse could be put on the market as a drastic measure to deal with mounting debt. Putting the home of famous Shakespearean thespian Edwin Booth, who founded the club, on the market ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, June 19, 2013
Neighborhood News #381
New flood zone map explained, crime down overall in 13th Precinct

In the last community council meeting before the summer on Tuesday evening, the Manhattan CERT team gave their presentation about the new hurricane evacuation zone maps, which were released earlier that day. Deputy Chief of the Manhattan ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Neighborhood News #380
Historic Districts Council 2013 Six To Celebrate Walking Tours

Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, the a major focus of the GPBA's mission is historic preservation. Toward that end, we are a devoted Neighborhood Partner of the Historic Districts Council, "the advocate for New York City's historic ...Click here to read more.
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Business Insider; Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #379
'Boardwalk Empire' Cast Spotted Filming Season 4 In New York City

HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" was spotted filming Monday in the Flatiron District with cast members around Gramercy Park. The production company's Locations Department sent this letter, distributed on the Gramercy Park Block Association's ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, June 17, 2013
Neighborhood News #378
Help Save The Players
Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of our GPBA mission is historic preservation. Therefore, we are very concerned about the survival and the future of The Players, a landmarked 1844 mansion which is part of the original 1831 Samuel B. Ruggles Gramercy Park trust. We are deeply ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, June 17, 2013
Neighborhood News
13th Precinct Community Council Meeting
The 13th Precinct Community Council will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and officers from the 13th Precinct will give updates on crime ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, June 14, 2013
Neighborhood News #377
Boardwalk Empire filming
HBO TV Series Boardwalk Empire is currently filming scenes for their upcoming 3rd season. They are slated for one day of filming interior scenes on Gramercy Park South on MONDAY, 6/17 from ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Neighborhood News #376
Make Music New York

The Gramercy Park Block Association invites you to "Make Music New York" to be held outside 61 Gramercy Park North (21st St) on Friday, June 21st from 4pm-7:30pm. This is an outdoor event for all ages, and especially young children, who are welcome ... Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Neighborhood News #375
Beware of Deception Burglaries
Deception Burglary - a burglary committed by a person(s) that gains entry to the home by posing as an employee of a particular company. This impersonation includes utility companies, delivery companies ...Click here to read more.
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NY Times; Friday, June 7, 2013
Neighborhood News #374
Big Ticket | Park Perks for $15.27 Million
In a repeat of last week's performance, the exacting renovation and restoration at the historic 18 Gramercy Park South by Zeckendorf Development and Robert A. M. Stern recorded its second closing - No. 5, another floor-through condominium, which sold for $15,273,750 - in a sale that was the most expensive of the week, according ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #372
Inside Gramercy Park with Rufus Wainwright

A conversation with Rufus Wainwright is never dull. The 39-year-old singer-songwriter sprinkles witticisms into conversation with an ease that mirrors the way in which he came to music: He's a natural ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, May 30, 2013
Neighborhood News #371
Gramercy Park FDNY Ladder Company 3 Receives $5k Grant for Life-Saving Equipment

New York will be safer thanks to a $5,685 grant to the New York Fire Department (FDNY) Ladder Company 3 located on east 13th St. between Third and Fourth avenues. Awarded by Integro Insurance ...Click here to read more.
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New York Times City Room; Friday, May 31, 2013
Neighborhood News #370
Big Ticket | Treetop Park Views for $16,575,000
Perhaps it was the lure of a free key to exclusive Gramercy Park, but the as-yet-unfinished gut renovation of a historic Salvation Army rooming house at 18 Gramercy Park South by Zeckendorf Development and Robert A. M. Stern, the premier team that produced the premium price precedents set by 15 Central Park West, has recorded its first closing ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, May 31, 2013
Neighborhood News #369
Park Tree Maintenance Program
Bartlett Tree Experts were in the Park this week for our annual Park Tree Maintenance Program. Bartlett's work includes spraying our fruit trees, deep-root liquid fertilization, and deep root invigoration of the various trees they have ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, May 30, 2013
Neighborhood News #368
Rev. Pike elected as president of Arts Club

Reverend Tom Pike, rector emeritus of Calvary Church and former city landmarks commissioner, now has a new title to add to his résumé, president of the National Arts Club. Reverend Tom Pike, rector emeritus of Calvary Church and former city landmarks commissioner, now has a new title to add to his résumé, president of the National ...Click here to read more.
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Grub Street; Thursday, May 23, 2013

Neighborhood News #367
The Shake Shack Explosion: How Danny Meyer's Burger Chain Gets Bigger by Appearing Smaller

Our amazing neighbor Danny Meyer does it again! Last month, Shake Shack opened its 25th location, an outpost in Boca Raton, Florida. (It's the Sunshine State's third Shake Shack.) Five days before that, Shake Shack also announced plans for a ...Click here to read more.
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The Real Deal; Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Neighborhood News #366
Housing court rules to evict National Arts Club prez from Gramercy Park digs

A city housing court judge ruled last week in favor of the National Arts Club in its move to evict former president O. Aldon James, his twin brother John James and former club member Steven Leitner from ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Neighborhood News #365
HDC Preservation Party & Grassroots Preservation Awards
The Gramercy Park Block Association is co-sponsoring the Historic District Council's 23rd Annual Preservation Party featuring their 14th Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards. According to their website, it is a "yearly event to honor those who have been especially influential in the ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Neighborhood News #364
13th Precinct Community Council Meeting (Tues. 5/21) and Information about Identity Theft - Electronic Pick Pocketing

The 13th Precinct Community Council will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and officers from the 13th Precinct will give updates on crime in the neighborhood and will hear concerns from ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Friday, May 17, 2013
Neighborhood News #363
National Arts Club Votes in New President
National Arts Club voted a new president into office Thursday night, ushering in the next chapter at the 115-year-old Gramercy Park institution, where allegations of fiscal mismanagement under O. Aldon James touched off investigations by ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Neighborhood News #362
Concerns about The Players
Many of you have continued to express serious concern about the future of The Players. The Gramercy Park Block Association has just reached out to Gary Papush, Chair of Manhattan Community Board 6 Parks and Landmarks Committee, to ask for their assistance in our efforts to ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Neighborhood News #361
SEO Celebrates 50 Years of Matching Talent with Opportunity
Since 1963, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity has made a lifetime of achievement possible for 10,000 talented young people from underserved and underrepresented communities. ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2013
Neighborhood News #360
Citi Bike bike-share program to launch 5/27

Demo Thurs. 5/16 at Flatiron Public Plaza

The new Citi Bike system is set to launch May 27th. Operated by NYC Bike Share, it will feature thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations around New York. According to their website, "Citi Bikes are ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2013
Neighborhood News #359
Beware of ATM Crimes!
ATM Shoulder Surfing - the act of using multiple tactics' to distract or manipulate a victim in order to obtain their ATM "PIN" number. The main goal is to obtain currency from the targeted victim without them knowing ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Neighborhood News #358
Spring in Gramercy Park 2013 - with love from the Trustees of Gramercy Park
We are grateful to our neighbor Sean Brady, Chair of the Gramercy Park Block Association Quality of Life Committee, for these beautiful photos of our Gramercy Park flowers ...Click here to view a slideshow of the photos.
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DNAinfo; Thursday, May 9, 2013

Neighborhood News #357
Players Club Could Go Dark This Week Amid Increasing Debt

The lights might soon go out at Gramercy Park's legendary Players Club - literally. Con Edison workers came to the club on Monday, threatening to shut the electricity off if the club didn't pony up the $8,000 ...Click here to read more.
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NY Law Journal; Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Neighborhood News #356
Ousted Arts Club Head Removed From Lawsuit

A unanimous Appellate Division, First Department, panel yesterday ruled that the former president of the non-profit National Arts Club, O. Aldon James Jr., cannot bring a derivative lawsuit ...Click here to read more.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Neighborhood News #355
Nostalgic Memories about the Salvation Army Parkside Evangeline Residence for Women at 18 Gramercy Park South
Below are the nostalgic memories of a woman who lived in the Salvation Army Parkside Evangeline Residence for Women at 18 Gramercy Park South twenty years ago.
...Click here to read more.
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Friday, May 3, 2013
Neighborhood News #354
Spring in Gramercy Park 2013
Photos by Lois Conner

We are grateful to our neighbor photographer Lois Conner for sharing these beautiful photos of Gramercy Park ... Click here to read more.
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Friday, May 3, 2013
Join the GPBA for 2013 today!
A message from GPBA Vice President Tom Pike
Dear Friend,
This have been a wonderful 20th anniversary for The Gramercy Park Block Association. We've seen ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Neighborhood News #353
Annual Spring Cleanup
Yesterday Mike Boag of Boag Nurseries and his crew came to Gramercy Park for their annual Spring Cleanup. They removed all debris and ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Neighborhood News #352
The Players - Update
Many of you have expressed serious concerns about the future of The Players. I have been working with The Players Financial Audit Committee to support their efforts to save the club ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Neighborhood News #351
Spring in Gramercy Park 2013

Photos by Lois Conner, Sean Brady and Alex Nguyen

Click here to view the photos.

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Town & Village; Thursday, April 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #350
New York City's Largest Easter Egg at St. George's Church
Young Jewish New Yorkers recently presented Calvary-St. George's Episcopal Church with a unique Easter gift - New York's largest Easter egg ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Monday, April 22, 2013
Neighborhood News #349
Curtains For Three More Board Members at Legendary Players Club

Three board members exited stage left at Gramercy Park's Players club, that legendary actors society that has sunk into crippling debt ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 18, 2013

Neighborhood News #348
Thefts keep rising in the 13th Precinct

Dear Friend,
We can all see from the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon how critical video surveillance systems are in fighting crime. Many of our buildings on Gramercy Park have video surveillance ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #347
Letter to The Players Board of Directors

Dear Board of Directors of The Players,
Who I am, and why I am writing to you
I am President and Founder of the 2,000-member Gramercy Park Block Association, a Trustee of Gramercy Park, and for the past 35 years have been the leader of ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2013/Daily News, Saturday, April 13, 2013
Neighborhood News #346
Violent crime spiking in wealthy Manhattan neighborhoods

Some of Manhattan's wealthiest neighborhoods are exploding in a wave of violent crime that hearkens back to the bad old days when people feared ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Neighborhood News #345
Help Save The Players
Several years ago, close to 300 members of our Gramercy Park community joined The Players through our Gramercy Park Block Association. Since then, many of you have left claiming "incompetant management" and "extreme decline in services" ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Neighborhood News
13th Precinct Community Council Meeting

The 13th Precinct Community Council will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30pm. The meeting is open to the public, and officers from ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 11, 2013
Neighborhood News #344
Gramercy Park Block Association celebrates return to National Arts Club
The National Arts Club welcomed members of The Gramercy Park Block Association for the organization's gala cocktail party last Thursday in what ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 11, 2013
Neighborhood News #343
Director gone from Players, club prez says goal is to get club 'full' again
The Players Club, which ousted its executive director of nearly 20 years, John Martello, on Friday, is already in the process of finding his replacement ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Friday, April 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #342
Players Director John Martello resigns

John Martello, the executive director of The Players, who's been blamed for the current financial disaster at the Gramercy Park club, has resigned, the club announced today. In an official statement ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Neighborhood News #341
Debt-Ridden Players Club Looks for New Leader
It's time for a scene change at the historic Players Club. With executive director John Martello out after two decades - following allegations that fiscal mismanagement put the 125-year-old actors ...Click here to read more.
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NY Times & Wall Street Journal; Friday, April 5, 2013

Neighborhood News #340
Players Club Removes Director Amid Turmoil

A Leader Resigns From Players Club

The Players, a 124-year-old private club on Gramercy Park, removed its long-serving executive director this week amid charges of financial mismanagement, several members and employees ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Friday, April 5, 2013
Neighborhood News #339
Players director John Martello resigns
The board of Gramercy Park's historic Players Club asked its executive director of two decades to take a bow after the institution's debts and allegations ...Click here to read more.
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Daily News; Thursday, April 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #338
Embezzlement case against former National Arts Club president Aldon James will proceed

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead did not dismiss the fraud case filed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against James, who is alleged to have squandered $2 million in club assets and used some of them to his advantage ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #337
Palm Sunday Procession in Gramercy Park
Once again the Trustees of Gramercy Park welcomed Calvary-St. George's Church parishioners, led by the Reverend Jacob Smith, into Gramercy Park to gather for their annual ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #336
Members gave Players big gifts, loans for years

While it wasn't until a meeting held three weeks ago that many members of The Players in Gramercy Park learned just how saddled with debt the club was, for years, loyal members had still been asked to prop up the place with big loans or ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Monday, April 1, 2013
Neighborhood News #335
Debt-Ridden Players Club Lures Would-Be Saviors, But Only if Leaders Leave

Help may be on the way for Gramercy Park's bankrupt Players Club, but only is the actors society recasts its lead by ousting its executive director ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 28, 2013

Neighborhood News #334
Amidst financial disaster, members say Players director, exec committee to blame

At The Players Club on Gramercy Park South, which has been in financial trouble for at least the past few years, members were shocked after a meeting ...Click here to read more.
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Wall Street Journal; Thursday, March 28, 2013

Neighborhood News #333
Portrait Emerges at Arts Club
New President Expected to Take Reins

After a turbulent period marked by a state investigation into its finances, The National Arts Club- a 115-year-old institution on the edge of Gramercy Park ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Neighborhood News #332
Players Club Board Member Deleted Info From Club's Wikipedia Page
A board member at the famed Players Club deleted a paragraph about the cash-strapped actors' society's fiscal woes from its Wikipedia page ...Click here to read more.
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New York Times; Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Neighborhood News #331
Great news about our neighbor Jimmy Fallon:
'Tonight,' With New Host, Set to Reclaim Its New York Roots

NBC has settled on two new stars for "The Tonight Show": Jimmy Fallon and New York City. The network has made a commitment to Mr. Fallon, the current host of its "Late Night" program ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 21, 2013
Neighborhood News #330
13th Precinct reports thefts up in bars, stairwells and buses
The 13th Precinct continues to see crime increases, especially in burglaries and grand larcenies, Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg said ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, March 18, 2013
Neighborhood News #329
The Gramercy Park Block Association Invites you to the 13th Precinct Community Council Meeting, Tuesday 3/19
The 13th Precinct Community Council will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30pm. The meeting is open to the public, and officers from the 13th Precinct will give you updates on ...Click here to read more.
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New York Times; Friday, March 15, 2013
Neighborhood News #328
Players Club Stages a Real-Life Drama Over Whether to Oust Its Director
One thing to be said for theater people: they know drama. On Thursday night, more than 100 members of the Players, a private club founded for actors, crowded into the main dining room of its 1847 Greek Revival town house on Gramercy Park ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Friday, March 15, 2013

Neighborhood News #327
Players Club In Danger of Closing, Finance Report Says

Gramercy Park's famed Players club is in "immiment danger" closing as soon as funds from the sales of its prized John Singer Sargent paintings run out, DNAinfo.com New York has learned ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Neighborhood News #326
Players Club Fined $30K for Failing to Insure Workers, Members Say

The Players Club has been running for more than five months without workers' compensation coverage and has racked up $30,000 in penalty fees ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 7, 2013
Neighborhood News #325
Thefts and burglaries on the rise in 13th Precinct
Several Gramercy Park building presidents and building owners have recently contacted me for recommendations for video surveillance companies ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 7, 2013

Neighborhood News #324
Rev. Pike running for president of NAC

Former Calvary-St. George's Church Rector Tom Pike, who in January became a board member of the National Arts Club, is planning to run for president ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Neighborhood News #323
Memorial for Rev. Stephen Garmey
The Gramercy Park Block Association invites you to a memorial gathering to honor The Reverend Stephen Garmey ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, March 4, 2013
Neighborhood News #322
Last Call to RSVP for Wed. 3/6 Event!
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and TD Bank are inviting area business owners and residents to their Speaker Series featuring the new ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Neighborhood News #321
Historic Districts Council 19th Annual Preservation Conference

We apologize for the last minute notice, but our friends at the Historic Districts Council are inviting us as "Neighborhood Partners" to their 94th ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Neighborhood News #320
Aldon James Sues Warshaw Hardware Store

Former National Arts Club President O. Aldon James is suing the club again, this time for what his attorney is calling a "malicious" attempt to throw ... Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Neighborhood News #319
Speaker Series with 13th Precinct Commanding Officer DI David Ehrenberg
The Gramercy Park Block Association invites you to the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Speaker Series, District Safety and Security, Wednesday March 6th ...Click here to read more
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Neighborhood News #318
Memorial for The Reverend Stephen Garmey
The Gramercy Park Block Association invites you to a memorial gathering in honor of The Reverend Stephen Garmey, author of "Gramercy Park, an Illustrated History of a New York City Neighborhood" ...Click here to read more.
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Neighborhood News #317
Aldon James Sues Hardware Store for Changing National Arts Club Locks
Former National Arts Club President O. Aldon James is suing a mom-and-pop hardware store for changing the locks to his apartment in the club's ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, February 25, 2013
Neighborhood News #316
Sewer Collapse on Gramercy Park South - UPDATE
Based on meetings that GPBA Quality of Life Chair Sean Brady and I had this morning with the ConEd crew, their work should be completed by tomorrow ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, February 21, 2013
Neighborhood News #314
Proposal for new bar on Third Ave. sparks oversaturation concerns
For years now, Third Avenue in Gramercy has been a popular hub for watering holes from traditional Irish pubs to newer niche-type bars like Exchange ...Click here to read more.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Neighborhood News #313
Sewer Collapse on Gramercy Park South - UPDATE
In reponse to many inquires, GPBA Quality of Life Chair Sean Brady and I have been meeting on a regular basis with the ConEd crew working on the ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Neighborhood News #312
Gramercy Park townhouse drops price to $18m
A tony townhouse at 11 Gramercy Park South chopped its asking price by $4 million and brought on Douglas Elliman's Raphael De Niro to help close ...Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Neighborhood News #311
Sewer Collapse on Gramercy Park South
Many of you have inquired about the work going on at Gramercy Park South. I met with the ConEd team this morning and learned the following ...Click here to read more.
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Neighborhood News #310
New "Wine Bar" Proposal for 284 Third Ave btw. 22nd-23rd Sts.

Friday, February 8, 2013
The following letter was written by Gramercy Park Block Association Quality of Life Committee Chair Sean Brady to the Community Board 6 BASA ...Click here to read more.
 
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Neighborhood News #309
Blizzard Alert
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for New York City from 6:00 AM Friday, 2/8 to 1 PM Saturday, 2/9. The current forecast ..Click here to read more.
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CBS; Friday, February 1, 2013
Neighborhood News #308
Flatiron District Water Main Break Floods Subway, Streets
An aging water main broke in the Flatiron District Friday morning, sending gushing water down grates into a subway station below. The aging ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, January 24, 2013
Neighborhood News #307
Rev. Tom Pike elected to board of Arts Club
Former Calvary-St. George's rector Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Pike, who, just last week celebrated his 50th anniversary of life in the priesthood, now has a new title: board of governors member at The ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Neighborhood News #306
Karl Lagerfeld sells his Gramercy Park apartment to a banker for a $2 million loss

It's hard to believe that Karl Lagerfeld would have a hard time selling his unused Gramercy Park pied-a-tierre, but it took two years and a $2 million ...Click here to read more.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Neighborhood News #305
Former Calvary Rector Tom Pike Celebrates 50 years in priesthood

On a soggy Friday evening, enthusiasm and attendance were not dampened as the community ...Click here to read more.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Neighborhood News #304
Celebration of Rev. Tom Pike's 50 Years in the Priesthood at St. George's Church

As you may know, Friday January 11th was the celebration of Rev. Tom Pike 50 years in the Priesthood, which was held at St. George's Church ...Click here to read more.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Neighborhood News #303
The Flu - What you can do

The government says we're on target for one of the worst flu seasons on record, and "if you haven't already received your flu shot, make it a high ...Click here to read more.
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Town & Village; Thursday, January 3, 2013

Neighborhood News #302
James Group trying to block expulsions from Arts Club

Former National Arts Club President O. Aldon James, his twin brother John James and former club member Steven Leitner filed a petition in the New ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Neighborhood News #300
The Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Pike's 50th Anniversary of Priesthood Celebration
Friday, January 11th at 7pm, reception to follow.
St. George's Church, E 16th St. at Rutherford Place ...Click here to read more.

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Town & Village; Thursday, January 3, 2013
Neighborhood News #299
St. George's 124th Candlelight Service

St. George's Episcopal Church recently held their 124th Candlelight Service, led by Calvary-St. George's Senior Clergyman Rev. Jacob Smith. ...Click here to read more.

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Town & Village; Thursday, December 20, 2012
Neighborhood News #298
Paddy Maguires Holiday Toy Drive
Paddy Maguire's Annual Holiday Toy Drive took place Sunday, December 16th at Paddy Maguire's at 237 Third Ave (at 20th St.). The Toy Drive benefitted ... Click here to read more.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Neighborhood News #297
Paddy Maguire/GPBA Toy Drive To Benefit Children Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Please join us - Sunday, December 16th, 5-8pm
Paddy Maguire's, 237 Third Ave (at 20th St)
Please bring one new unwrapped toy and join us for dinner ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, December 7, 2012
Neighborhood News #296
Future of Lyric Diner at 22nd St. and 3rd Ave.
Last week, several of our GPBA Quality of Life Committee members, led by Chair Sean Brady, attended the CB6 BASA meeting where Lyric Diner ...Click here to read more.

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Monday, December 3, 2012
Neighborhood News #294
Hurricane Sandy - One Months Later - 12/3 Update
It's hard to imagine that for thousands, there are still... No electricity, hot water or even a home to return to ... Families displaced or camping out ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Neighborhood News #293
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Relief Effort 11/19 Update

Thanks to the compassion and generosity of our neighbors, and working directly with Manhattan South Detectives, especially the Homicide Squad ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Neighborhood News #292
Hurricane Sandy Relief - Volunteer Opportunities
Many of you have asked me how to volunteer for the Hurricane Sandty relief effort. The information below is from a few days ago. What is needed at each ...Click here to read more.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Neighborhood News #291
Gramercy Park Neighbor Artist Will Barnet Dies at 101

The following is a statement about artist Will Barnet from Rev. Tom Pike, Rector Emeritus of Calvary-St. George's Church, Trustee of Gramercy ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Neighborhood News #290
Hurricane Sandy is our Katrina

No electricity, no gas, no heat, no water, no stores for food, no drugstores for medication, no plumbing, raw sewage, health and hygiene issues ...Click here to read more.
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Friday, November 9, 2012
Neighborhood News #289
Neighbors Helping Neighbors - Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort - 11/9 Update
Thanks to the generosity of our friends and neighbors, Calvary-St. George's Church was filled with thousands of boxes/bags of supplies ...Click here to read more.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Neighborhood News #287
Hurricane Sandy Relief - Tuesday 11/6 Update

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and neighbors, we sent over 500 bags of supplies directly to storm victims. We are now focused on collecting ...Click here to read more.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Neighborhood News #286
Hurricane Sandy-What you can do now
New Drop-off Location for supplies


Location: Calvary-St. George's Church
Anderson Hall, 61 Gramercy Park North
...Click here to read more.

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Monday, November 5, 2012
Neighborhood News #285
Hurricane Sandy-What you can do now
11/5 UPDATE
Last night, thanks to the generosity of our friends and neighbors, local responders picked up approximately 100 bags of essential supplies, going to ...Click here to read the full story.
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Neighborhood News #284
Hurricane Sandy - What you can do now

Several of our local responders in Midland Staten Island, Red Hook Brooklyn and Breezy Point Queens - three neighborhoods devasted by loss of life ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Neighborhood News #283
Gramercy Park Post Storm Update

Once again our close-knit Gramercy Park community has come together to support one another during a challenger time. Our building staffs ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Neighborhood News #282
Update from Con Edison

According to our friends at Con Edison "Customers served by underground networks in Mid- to Lower Manhattan who lost power during the ...Click here to read the full press release.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Neighborhood News #280-281
Hurricane Sandy Alert

According to weather reports, Hurricane Sandy is expected to arrive late tonight with conditions worsening into tomorrow, with the heaviest storm activity...Click here to read the full story.
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Business Insider; Thursday, October 25, 2012

Neighborhood News #279
Only Three Apartments Are Left In the New Luxury Gramercy Park Building

Just three days ago we reported there were only six apartments left in the brand new, no even open yet, 18 Gramercy Park building. Last night we ...Click here to read the full story.
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NY Observer; Monday, October 22, 2012
Neighborhood News #277
18 Gramercy Park Is Having The Best Fall Ever
It appears we underestimated the appeal of a key to Gramercy Park. Although we expect there's probably more than access that's driving sales at 18 Gramercy Park ...Click here to read the full story.
 
Wall Street Journal; Sunday, October 21, 2012
Neighborhood News #276
Rare Opportunity Near Park
Just a block from Gramercy Park, a rare, 1.5-acre development site is up for sale, offering a potential opportunity to transform and institutional block into ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, October 11, 2012
Neighborhood News #275
Thefts on the rise in the 13th Precinct
Burglaries, including those committed by "office creepers" are on the rise in the 13th Precinct, the precinct's commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Ted Berntsen ...Click here to read the full story.
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Business Insider; Thursday, October 11, 2012
Neighborhood News #274
The Owner Of The Houston Rockets Just Bought The $42 Million Penthouse at 18 Gramercy Park

Leslie Alexander, the owner of the Houston Rockets, has purchased the $42 million penthouse inside of the new 18 Gramercy Park building, the New York Post ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
Neighborhood News #273

Wall Street Journal - Arts Club Wins Ruling

DNAinfo - Appeals Court Backs National Arts Club's Ouster of Aldon James

Read the 10/11/12 Decision and Order of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department

 
Wall Street Journal; Friday, October 5, 2012
Neighborhood News #272
Private Properties: Gramercy Park Condo Penthouse Goes Into Contract for $42Million

A five bedroom penthouse at 18 Gramercy Park South, a new condo development, is in contract for $42 million. ...Click here to read the full story.
...Click here to view the video tour.

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NY Times Real Estate; Sunday, September 30, 2012
Neighborhood News #271
That's Some Key
How Do You Get A Key To Gramercy Park?
There are 383 aspirational keys in the Big City, each of them numbered and coded, all of them equipped to unlocked any of the four wrought-iron gates offering priveleged access to undisturbed ...Click here to read the full story.
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Real Estate Weekly; Thursday, September 27, 2012
Neighborhood News #270
Zeckendorfs eye another home-run with 18 GPS
A finished model unit is drawing curious buyers to 18 Gramercy Park where developers Will and Arthur Zeckendorf are hoping to recreate the record-breaking success of their 15 Central Park West ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Neighborhood News #269
13th Precinct Commanding Office Deputy Inspector Ted Berntsen to speak on safety and security
Our friends at the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and TD Bank are inviting area business owners, managers and residents to their annual Fall Speaker Series: District Safety and Security with Deputy Inspector ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, September 21, 2012
Neighborhood News #267
NYS Attorney General Sues Former Arts Club President Aldon James
A.G. Schneiderman sues former leader of historic National Arts Club for years of self-dealing. Investigation found ex-president Aldon James exploited ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wall Street Journal; Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Neighborhood News #266
Gramercy Park Club Fight Goes to Appeals Court

The legal battle between the National Arts Club and its former president, O. Aldon James, moved to appellate court on Tuesday when lawyers for both sides ...Click here to read the full story.
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The Real Deal; Saturday, September 1, 2012

Neighborhood News #263
Unlocking Gramercy Park

With 18 Gramercy Park hitting the market, TRD analyzes the real estate surrounding the fabled private garden ...Click here to read the full story.
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Curbed NY; Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Neighborhood News #262
Pricing, Rendering, Floorplans Revealed at
18 Gramercy Park!
Developers Arthur and William LIe Zeckendorf paid $60 million for the Parkside Evangeline, the former hotel and Salvation Army property at 18 Gramercy Park ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wall Street Journal; Monday, September 3, 2012
Neighborhood News #261
Art Club Future Clouded
For the National Arts Club, the embattled Gramercy Park nonprofit, the past 12 months have been both wildly eventful and frustratingly stagnant ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, August 21, 2012
Neighborhood News #259
Gramercy gunman still on the run

Police have released security footage in last week's gunpoint attack on a Gramercy Park woman. The grainy film shows a middle-aged, black male walking in front ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2012
Neighborhood News #258
Opposition to bar planned for 284 Third Avenue Update, Attempted Robbery at 38 Gramercy Park North Update, Video Surveillance System Information & Crime Prevention Surveys
We want to thank our many neighbors who responded to our e-mail asking for your support for our letter of opposition to a bar proposed for 284 Third ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Neighborhood News #257
Wanted Flyer for 38 Gramercy Park North Robber
The NYPD have requested that you post this in your building lobby and show it to your building personnel ...Click here to see the flyer.
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Neighborhood News #255
Attempted Robbery and Assault at 38 Gramercy Park North
This past Saturday at approximately 10:30pm, one of the shareholders/tenants of 38 Gramercy Park North was the victim of an attempted robbery and assault. As the shareholder approached the building from 3rd Avenue, the attacker approached from Gramercy Park ... Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Neighborhood News #254
NYC DOT's Summerstreets
On three consecutive Saturdays, August 4, 1, and 18 from 7am to 1pm, nearly seven miles of New York City's streets for everyone to play, run, walk and bike.
See NYC DOT's Summerstreets page.
See Summerstreets video.
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Town & Village; Thursday, August 2, 2012
Neighborhood News #253
CB6 rejects proposals for 2 bars

Two bar owners who were hoping to win the support of Community Board 6 for liquor licenses for two planned establishments on Third Avenue wound up being ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Neighborhood News #251
National Arts Club's Dining Manager Fired in Latest Shakeup

Gramercy Park's famed National Arts Club has fired its long-time dining room manager, Joseph Frappaolo, who weathered tax evasion charges and a ...Click here to read the full story on DNAinfo.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Neighborhood News #250
Rare painting's in play

The venerable Players Club may soon have to part ways with one of its oldest members. John Singer Sargent's painting of the 19th-century actor Joseph Jefferson has quietly gone on the auction block, much to the dismay of several members. The Players has ...Click here to read the full story in the NY Post.
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DNAinfo; Monday, July 30, 2012

Neighborhood News #249
Gramercy Residents Rally to Keep Bars at Bay

They said all the right things, but that wasn't enough to save the proprietors of two prospective bars from the backlash of dozens of Gramercy Park residents. ...Click here to read the full story.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Neighborhood News #248
Jim Parsons Seals the Deal with Another Gramercy Park Pad

It looks like things are getting very serious between Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and 36 Gramercy Park East. Parsons, who has been spending more time in New York during his run in the Roundabout's Harvey ...Click here to read the full story on the NY Observer website.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Neighborhood News #247
NBC Series SMASH filming in Gramercy Park Neighborhood

NBC Studios and DreamWorks Entertainment will be filming scenes for an NBC series titled "Smash" in our neighborhood from Wednesday, July 18th through ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, July 16, 2012
Neighborhood News #246
Back in Business
Excerpt from NY Times article: After years of delays, a former women's residence with a warren of 200 tinys rooms is being reborn as a spacious 16-unit condo called ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Neighborhood News #245
Recent sidewalk construction around Gramercy Park

Many of you have been inquiring about various sidewalk construction sites around Gramercy Park. The City has been recently issuing citations to buildings ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Neighborhood News #244
Redevelopment of 18 Gramercy Park South nears completion
The redevelopment of the Salvation Army Parkside Evangeline residence at 18 Gramercy Park South is now nearing completion. The developers, Will and Arthur ...Click here to read the full story.
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The Real Deal; Friday, July 6, 2012
Neighborhood News #243
Peter's Tavern sues over sidewalk cafe rights
Pete's Tavern, the historic ale house located near Union Square in Manhattan, is suing its landlord after the owner of the space had its sidewalk cafe license revoked ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Neighborhood News #242
Fairway to Open Fourth Manhattan Store in Kips Bay

Fairway is coming to Kips Bay. After months of speculation that the popular grocery chain would fill empty storefronts on Second Avenue near East 30th Street ...Click here to read the full story.
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New York Times; Thursday, June 21, 2012

Neighborhood News #241
At Century-Old Club, Money Woes Sour the Mood

They were supposed to be the grown-up club on the block. As crisis after crisis hit the National Arts Club, the 124-year-old Players, which stands next door on Gramercy ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Neighborhood News #240
Noted Newsweek Journalist, Gramercy Park Neighbor Peter Goldman Publishes Novel

One of our longtime Gramercy Park neighbors Peter Goldman has published a first novel at age 79 after a professional lifetime in journalism. According to his website, Goldman has "spent much of his professional life with Newsweek as a national-affairs writer ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Neighborhood News #239
Repaving Work to Close Streets in Parts of Gramercy, Kips Bay This Week

Parts of Gramercy and Kips Bay can expect construction and street closures this week, as the city begins repaving several stretches of road through the East ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, June 6, 2012
Neighborhood News #236
Taxi Crash Leaves Nearly $50k Hole in Historic Gramercy Park Fence
A taxi that crashed into the north side of the historic fence that surrounds exclucive Gramercy Park several weeks ago left a gaping hole in the wrought iron ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Neighborhood News #235
DNAinfo News Editor Amy Zimmer Wins Two Awards for Ongoing Coverage of National Arts Club Scandal
We want to congratulate DNAinfo News Editor Amy Zimmer, who you may know from her ongoing coverage of The National Arts Club scandal, for recently ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Neighborhood News #230
Union Sq. Coffee Shop Owner/Model Picker Lists Gramercy TH

Former model turned Union Square Coffee Shop Owner Carolyn Benitez and her music producer husband, Jellybean Benitez, put their Gramercy Park ...Click here to read the full story on Curbed NY.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Neighborhood News #228
Gramercy Park's Player's Club Crumbling Under $2M Debt

The National Arts Club isn't the only storied Gramercy Park institution embroiled in controversy. Next door, The Players - the famed 124-year-old actors society ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Neighborhood News #227
Interview with Calder Foundation President and Chairman Alexander S. C. Rower in the Financial Times
Our neighbor Alexander S. C. Rower, the grandson of American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder, was recently featured in an interview by the Financial Times ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Neighborhood News #226
Aldon James Forced to Watch National Arts Club Meeting on Basement TV

O. Aldon James, the former president of the National Arts Club, watched the board's annual meeting Tuesday night on a television in the basement of the Gramercy ...Click here to read the full story.
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Arthur H. Barnes, a Trustee of Gramercy Park, member of the Gramercy Park Block Association Advisory, and former President and of the Board of 39 Gramercy Park North is Board Chairman of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Neighborhood News #225
Museum hopes new facility will jazz up music lovers

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is conducting a $22 million capital campaign to expand into a state-of-the-art facility to be built across the street from the Apollo Theater on 125th St. Presently they are located in a small building on 126th St, where they exhibit jazz memoribilia and run educational shows. They also run shows throughout the city, including at The Players on Gramercy Park ...Click here to read a story in Crain's about the museum's expansion plans.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Neighborhood News #224
Methadone Clinic approved by Community Board 5 to moved to Midtown

The Gramercy Park Medical Group, a methadone clinic located on Third Avenue between 20th and 21st streets (above Subway restaurant), has been approved by ...Click here to read the full story.
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New York Post; Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Neighborhood News #223
Goodsella: 50 Gramercy Glam

The infamous penthouse duplex at 50 Gramercy Park North once owned by Icelandic financier Jon Asgeir Johannesson - accused in lawsuits of everything from ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 26, 2012
Neighborhood News #222
National Arts Club prez slams proxy as 'ruse'

James, meanwhile, defends his hoarded apt. as "ivy on the bricks"

...Click here to read the full story.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Neighborhood News #219
Renowned Artists Barnet and Kinstler Praise Current Arts Club Leadership

Two renowned American artists, longtime members of The National Arts Club, issued the following letter in strong support of the "leadership and hard work" of NAC ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 19, 2012

Neighborhood News #218
National Arts Club fires back at James

Over a year after insiders blew the lid on a rash of alleged illegal and bizarre activities, the National Arts Club is still in the process of shedding its old skin, whether by ...Click here to read the full story.
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NY Observer; Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Neighborhood News #217
Eternal Return: O. Aldon James Jr. at The National Arts Club

Last Wednesday afternoon, as most of the country waited to hear the charges that would be handed down for George Zimmerman, a certain group of Gramercy ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Neighborhhood News #216
Note Threatens Dog Owner For Not Cleaning Up After Dog

This week, a note was posted on the tree gardens surrounding Gramercy Park. The note was not posted by the Trustees of Gramercy Park or by The Gramercy Park ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Neighborhood News #215

NY Times: Setback for Ex-leader of Arts Club

DNAinfo: National Arts Club's Expulsion of Aldon James Stands Again, For Now

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Neighborhood News #214
Four Emergency Service Unit Officers Wounded in Shootout

Dear Friend, The four Emergency Service Unit Detectives who were injured Saturday night are part of our Gramercy Park Emergency Service Unit Truck #1 Family ....Click here to real the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 5, 2012
Neighborhood News #213
James group harrassing club employees, scaring members, says NAC president
As the legal battle between the current and former administration of the National Arts Club rumbles on, the historic institution's president apologized this week to ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Thursday, April 5, 2012

Neighborhood News #211
Off-Duty 13th Precinct Auxiliary Cop Fatally Shot

A churchgoing off-duty NYPD auxiliary cop who had two young sons was shot to death on a Canarsie street Wednesday morning just block aways from his home ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Tuesay, April 3, 2012

Neighborhood News #210
Investigation into National Arts Club Nearing End, Board President Says

A yearlong investigation into the inner workings of the National Arts Club under now ex-president O. Aldon James may be nearing an end. Members were told ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, April 2, 2012
Neighborhood News #209
Letter from National Arts Club President Dianne Bernhard to NAC Members
Dear Members:
I hope this letter finds you well. As you know, the 2011-2012 season of The National Arts Club is in its final few months and I could not be more proud as it has ...Click here to read the full letter.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 29, 2012
Neighborhood News #208
Arts Club asks judge to rethink do-over decision
Days after a judge decided to give the former president of the National Arts Club a second chance at getting his apartment and membership back - after a ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Neighborhood News #207
Spring Photos of Gramercy

Dear Friend, We invite you to join or donate to The Gramercy Park Block Association for 2012. Click here to join or donate now and become a friend to the ...Click here to read the full story.

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New York Timesl Friday, March 23, 2012
Neighborhood News #206
Arts Club's Ex-President May Return, Judge Rules

Did somebody say reset button?

The public sparring between the National Arts Club and its former president will continue for at least another round ...Click here to read the full story.

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CBS New York; Thursday, March 22, 2012

Neighborhood News #204
Police: Suspect in Alleged Dunkin Donuts Groping Of 11-Year-Old Girl Arrested

Police are searching for a man they say groped an 11-year-old girl inside a Manhattan Dunkin Donuts around 11:30a.m. last Wednesday. The suspect was spotted caught on surveillance video, walking a few blocks ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Neighborhood News #203
Jazz at The Players
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem & The Players Foundation Present Jazz at The Players, Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm.
Janis Siegel - Nine-time Grammy award winning singer, arranger, producer and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer. Please join us and bring your friend ...Click here to see the poster.
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Friday, March 9, 2012
Neighborhood News #202
Madison Square Park Playground Dedication to 9/11 Hero Moira Smith
This coming Saturday (3/10) at 11a.m., the playground in Madison Square Park (near 25th St. and Madison Ave.) will officially be named PO Moira Smith Playground ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, March 2, 2012
Neighborhood News #200
On the evening of February 16, 2012 the Board of Governors of the National Arts Club met and found that the Club's former president, O. Aldon James, Jr., John James ...Click here to read the letter.
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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Neighborhood News #199
President Obama fundraiser at ABC Kitchen
Tonight, Deepak Chopra and Russell Simmons are hosting a gala fundraiser for President Obama at ABC Kitchen, located at 35 East 18th St. (between Park Ave ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Neighborhood News #198
James Beard 2012 Semifinalists

The list of semifinalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards is out - and several restaurants and chefs in Flatiron and Gramercy have made the cut! The James Beard Foundation Awards honor all aspects ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, February 23, 2012
Neighborhood News #197
NAC votes to expel James, but battle continues in courts

The National Arts Club Board of Governors voted to expel O. Aldon James, former president of the club, his brother John James and friend Steven Leitner from ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Neighborhood News #196
Quality of Life Problems
from the Gramercy Park Hotel
On February 22nd, an article appeared in DNAinfo about noise complaints from neighborhood residents about the Gramercy Park Hotel. Since 2003, when ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Neighborhood News #195
Partying at Gramercy Park Hotel Driving Neighbors Crazy

Over the past six months, the Gramercy Park Hotel has become known in the neighborhood for more than just its celeb guests and fancy parties. Residents ...Click here to read the full story.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Neighborhood News #194
HIGH SOCIETY SCANDAL: The Eccentric Millionaire Who Trashed The Venerable National Arts Club Has Finally Been Kicked Out
Business Insider

Gramercy Club Finally Evicts Ex-Pres From Cheap Apartment
Curbed New York

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Neighborhood News #193
After Ugly Public Spat, Elite Arts Club Votes to Banish Its Ex-President
New York Times


Manhattan Arts Club Expels Group
Wall Street Journal
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DNAinfo; Friday, February 17, 2012
Neighborhood News #192
Aldon James Expelled from National Arts Club and Apartments
The National Arts Club board voted Thursday night to expel its embattled former president O. Aldon James from the membership of the 113-year-old institution ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, February 16, 2012
Neighborhood News #191
Harry T. Burleigh: Remembering the man and his music at St. George's Church
It was the Gilded Age when, in 1894, a young music student named Harry T. Burleigh won a coveted position as the soloist at a prominent Episcopal church in Manhattan. Today he would be remarkable perhaps ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Neighborhood News #190
NYPD Hunt Serial Burglar 'in the Gramercy Park area'
Many have recently contacted me concerning reports in the media about burglaries "in the Gramercy Park area." The NYPD is looking for a man who has broken into ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Friday, February 10, 2012
Neighborhood News #189
City Education Panel Votes to Close Washington Irving High School
A vigorous battle to save Washington Irving High School came to an end on Thursday night as the city's panel for educational policy voted to close down ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, February 2, 2012
Neighborhood News #188
At Gramercy furniture store, everything new is old again
We want to welcome our good friends Joe Ercolino and Alex Young back to the Gramercy Park neighborhood. The two men previously ran the Calvary ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Neighborhood News #185

Club Hear Skips Hearing - Wall Street JournalNational Arts Club Suffers Continued Irregularities
Former Nat'l Arts Club prez skips evication hearing

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DNAinfo; Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Neighborhood News #184
Aldon James Skips Hearing on National Arts Club Eviction
It was supposed to be a day of reckoning for O. Aldon James at the National Arts Club, but he wasn't there for it. The club's board kicked off its internal hearing ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wall Street Journal; Saturday, January 21, 2012
Neighborhood News #182
For Arts Group, a Tense Period
For 25 years, the National Arts Club, a cozy Gramercy Park enclave frequented by artists and patrons, was run with a tight grip by its eccentric president, O. Aldon James. His presence was near-ubiquitous: Mr. James also lives in the apartments adjacent ...Click here to read the full story.
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NY Times; Saturday, January 21, 2012
Neighborhood News #181
In a Club Fight, Power, Ego and Real Estate
The president of The National Arts Club, Dianne Bernhard, sat on a loveseat the other day and spoke about ....Click here to read the full story.
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Bloomberg Businessweek; Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Neighborhood News #180
How Our Neighbor Danny Meyer is Going Global
The restaurateur is linking up with Related, a real estate giant that will take his brands worldwide into stadiums, parks and other properties.
...Click here to read the full story.

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DNAinfo; Monday, January 16, 2012
Neighborhood News
Aldon James Believes He Will Be 'Validated" at National Arts Club Hearing
O. Aldon James, the embattled former president of the National Arts Club, believes he will be "validated" after board members hold its hearing next week to determine ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Neighborhood News #178
Washington Irving High School Closure Plan Sparks Outrage

Outraged parents, students and teachers at Washington Irving High School gather Tuesday morning on the steps of the century-old building to voice ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Neighborhood News #177
Arts Club members and employees
subpoenaed by attorney general
Meanwhile, club files countersuit against James.
As various lawsuits involving the current and former administration of the National Arts Club are working their way ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #168
Amid Finery and, Some Say, Vermin, Elite Arts Club and Its Ex-President Battle - NY Times
National Arts Club Files Claim Against Ex-Chief - Wall Street Journal
Aldon James Owes National Arts Club $3M, Lawsuit Says - DNAinfo
Bad Picture of arts prez - NY Post
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DNAinfo; Friday, December 9, 2011
Neighborhood News #162
Washington Irving High School, Wadleigh Middle School Marked for Closure

Gramercy's famed Washington Irving High School has been added to the list of city schools slated for closure, the Department of Education announced Friday ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, December 9, 2011
Neighborhood News #160
National Arts Club can proceed with Aldon James eviction vote
The National Arts Club can now decide next month whether to evict former NAC President Aldon James, his twin brother John and family friend Steven Leitner ...Click here to read the full story.
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NY Post; Thursday, November 24, 2011
Neighborhood News #152
Birdman faces the board
Time is ticking for ousted National Arts Club president Aldon James. The embattled, finch-loving longtime leader was accused of making sweetheart deals ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, November 28, 2011
Neighborhood News #151
Two Robberies in Stuyvesant Town

Many of you have contacted me concerning weekend media reports about "two elderly men robbed in Gramercy Park." These robberies occurred in Stuyvesant Town. See links for the story:
CBS New York - Police: Robber Strikes Twice Against Elderly in NYC
CBS New York - Police Nab Man Suspected of Robbing Two Elderly People in Gramercy Park.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Neighborhood News #149
The Doe Fund - Ready, Willing and Able street cleaning crew and GPBA trash receptacles
Many of you have contacted me in the last couple of days about the "cleaning crew" in bright blue uniforms that you have seen working in the area surrounding ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, November 4, 2011
Neighborhood News #147
Jennifer Aniston Purchases Gramercy Park Apartment
According to Life & Style, Jennifer Aniston recently purchased a $9 million 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom apartment on Gramercy Park. Jennifer, 42, and her boyfriend ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Neighborhood News #146
Letter to Community Board 6 BASA Committee
Dear Carol and BASA Committee Members, Since we sent you our initial thank you e-mail last Friday after the Thursday, October 27th BASA meeting concerning ...Click here to read the letter.
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Friday, October 28, 2011
Neighborhood News #145
Liquor License for Redneck Romeo Defeated

First, it was warding off a bar at 38 Gramercy Park North, whose basement will now be leased to a low-profile jewelry shop. Then, last night, success in the fight ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Neighborhood News #144
Community Board 6 BASA Meeting about Redneck Romeo

Want another loud bar in the neighborhood? Tell the Community Board how you feel about granting a liquor license to "Redneck Romeo" at a meeting this Thursday ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Neighborhood News #142
Despite the fact that our community is now working to prevent a bar called Redneck Romeo from obtaining a liquor license for a location on Third Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets, we have some great news ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, October 13, 2011

Neighborhood News #141
James kicked out of NAC meeting

Former National Arts Club President O. Aldon James, who recently accused the club of holding an unfair election to replace him, is now also accusing ...Click here to read the full story and a letter from NAC President Dianne Bernhard.
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Town & Village; Thursday, October 6, 2011
Neighborhood News #140
James asks court to void Arts Club election
Former National Arts Club President O. Aldon James, who is currently at war with the club over apartments he, his brother John James and friend Steven ...Click here to read the full story.
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Curbed NY; Thursday, September 29, 2011

Neighborhood News #135
OK, OK, Karl Lagerfeld's Gramercy 3-BR Really Is For Sale

A tipster directed our attention to this heavily discounted listing for a 3-bedroom in ultra-posh 50 Gramercy Park North, down to $5.2 million from its original ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Neighborhood News #134
Stone Philips Sells His Gramercy Golden Key for $800,000
Stone Philips has given up his golden key. The former NBC correspondent and his wife, Debra, have sold their home at 45 Gramercy Park North, officially relinquishing his key to the private and hyper-exclusive ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Neighborhood News #133
DNAinfo
National Arts Club Fires Back at Aldon James

New York Observer
National Arts Club Returns Fire in Aldon James PR War
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New York Post; Friday, September 23, 2011
Neighborhood News #132
Ousted National Arts Club President Aldon James ripped by Dianne Bernhard
It's all-out-war at the National Arts Club. Outraged at ousted prez Aldon James public vow to take "back the club," current president Dianne Bernhard is letting him have ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, September 23, 2011
Neighborhood News #131
Happy Autumn!
First Day of Autumn
Happy Autumn!
From The Gramercy Park Block Association
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Wall Street Journal; Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Neighborhood News #130
Arts Club Hearing Blocked by Court
Injunction Issued to Establish Fairness
The legal drama surrounding the National Arts Club intensified Tuesday at a New York State Supreme Court hearing, where Justice Carol Edmead decided to ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, September 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #128
As many former members come back, National Arts Club President hopes to move forward
It was last Wednesday when hundres of people gathered at the National Arts Club for an opening party, following a massive, months-long cleanup project ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #126
Gramercy Park's 'Will Barnet at 100'
at the National Academy
In the first New York retrospective of the artist's work, Will Barnet at 100 will explore the dialogue between figuration and abstraction that has defined Barnet's remarkable ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Neighborhood News #125
Stephen Wilkes' "Day to Night" Exhibition
In July, renowned photographer Stephen Wilkes did a photo shoot outside Gramercy Park at the corner of Irving Place and Gramercy Park South for a project titled ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Friday, September 9, 2011
Neighborhood News #124
National Arts Club Kicks Off Season Amid Ongoing Controversies
The National Arts Club officially opened its 113th season this week, putting its best foot forward to members despite continued controversies involving embattled ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wall Street Journal; Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Neighborhood News #121
Historic Club Cleans House

When the National Arts Club welcomes back its members back with a champagne toast on Wednesday night- a tradition that follows its annual summer ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, September 5, 2011
Neighborhood News #120
Many people sent us the following e-mail written by the current National Arts Club President Dianne Bernhard to NAC members. It details what has been ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, September 1, 2011
Neighborhood News #117
James brothers file suit against NAC over apartments

As had been promised by Dianne Bernhard, the new president of the National Arts Club, months ago, the departure of the institution's former leader, O. Aldon James ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Neighborhood News #116
DNAinfo
O. Aldon James Files Lawsuit Against the National Arts Club

NY Daily News
Ex-head of National Arts Club O. Aldon James, twin brother sue landmark's board

New York Post
Chairman of hoard evict bid
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Neighborhood News #115
Aldon James May Soon be Moving Out of the National Arts Club
The National Arts Club may soon be losing one of its longtime and most well-known residents: former president O. Aldon James. James' twin brother, John James ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Film Starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard Filming on Gramercy Park
The feature film "What Maisie Knew" is filming on Gramercy Park today, Tuesday, August 23rd from 6:00am-8:00pm. The story is a contemporary revision of the ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Neighborhood News #114
Photos of Summer Plantings in and around Gramercy Park
Below are photos of summer plantings in and around Gramercy Park. Two of the photos show some of the plantings in the 41 Tree Gardens surrounding the Park ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Neighborhood News #113
Gramercy Park Hotel Concierge Hosts HIV/AIDS Charity Event
Below is a story that appeared in Town & Village today. Austin Herzing, a concierge at the Gramercy Park Hotel, asked us to help him get ou the word about ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Neighborhood News #112
17 Secrets To Building
Danny Meyer's Restaurant Empire
Our wonderful friend and neighbor Danny Meyer continues to make the news. His Shake Shack has become a phenomenon, where people wait in lines for ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Neighborhood News #109
Talbots Film Shoot on Gramercy Park South
Many have inquired about the film shoot taking place today on Gramercy Park South. Identity Media, Inc. is producing a television commercial for the Talbots clothing ...Click here to read the full story.
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New York Times Magazine; Sunday, August 7, 2011
Neighborhood News #108
Danny Meyer Featured in NY Times Magazine
On Sunday, August 7th, The New York Times Magazine published a feature on restaurateur Danny Meyer titled "A Movable Feast: Danny Meyer on a Roll." ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, July 14, 2011
Neighborhood News #104
Park trust wants closure on nymph
Following a statement by National Arts Club President Dianne Bernhard to Town & Village that a historic statue, last seen badly damaged in the ...Click here to read the full story.
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Huffington Post; Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Neighborhood News #103
Shake Shack's Glacial Takeover Heats Up
An article recently appeared in the Huffington Post about our wonderful neighbor Danny Meyer's ever expanding Shake Shack empire.
Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Neighborhood News #102
National Arts Club Apartments Spark Debate
They are Manhattan apartments to die for, complete with hardwood floors, fireplaces, skylights, an historic location - and a key to Gramercy Park. The slew of apartments ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Neighorhood News #101
Movie Starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock Filming Outside Gramercy Park
Warner Bros. Pictures is currently in production for a feature film titled Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and is filming on Wednesday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Neighborhood News #99
Stephen Wilkes Photo Shoot Outside Gramercy Park
This Saturday, July 9th, weather permitting, renowned photographer Stephen Wilkes will be doing a photo shoot for a project titled "Day to Night" ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Neighborhood News #98
Become a Partner and Friend to the Gramercy Park Neighborhood
This is our final call for membership in The Gramercy Park Block Association for 2011. Please join us now and become a partner and friend to the Gramercy Park neighborhood ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, July 4, 2011
Neighborhood News #97
Happy Independence Day!
Happy Independence Day!
From The Gramercy Park Block Association

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Friday, July 1, 2011
Neighborhood News #96
Gramercy Park Neighbor Amanda Foreman
in Vogue Magazine

Our friend and neighbor, author Amanda Foreman, was recently featured in the June issue of Vogue magazine in an article titled "Foreman on Fire"
...Click here to read the full story.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Neighborhood News #95
Coveted National Arts Club apartments coming to rental market
Some of the most coveted apartments on Gramercy Park are about to come to the rental market for the first time ever. Dianne Bernhard, the new president of the beleaguered ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Neighborhood News #94
Gramercy Park Nymph Statue Has Vanished from National Arts Club
Gramercy Park Trustees wanted to rescue the statue from the club, but now they believe they'll never see it again ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Neighborhood News #93
Our Neighbor Jimmy Fallon Purchases Sagaponack Farmhouse
According to the New York Daily News, our wonderful neighbor Jimmy Fallon recently closed on a $5.7 million farmhouse in Sagaponack
...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, June 27, 2011
Neighborhood News #92
Some Gramercy Park Summer Projects
The Trustees of Gramercy Park are in the process of restoring 72 Park benches which have been ravaged by extreme winter weather and the squirrels. Ten benches ...Click here to reach the full story.
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Neighborhood News #91
Gramercy Park Neighbor Anne Richardson featured in play 'Orange Flower Water'
Our dear friend and neighbor Anne Richard (Hansen), mother of toddler Lucas Hansen, is currently featured in a Craig Wright played called Orange Flower Water ...Click here for the full story.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Neighborhood News #90
Town & Village
Aldon James officially gone from Arts Club


Business Insider
HIGH SOCIETY SCANDAL: Eccentric Bird Lover Trashes The Venerable National Arts Club
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Neighborhood News #89
Ex-President Accused of Using National Arts Club as Personal Piggy Bank
An internal report commissioned by the NAC board substaniated many of the allegations about Aldon James ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Neighborhood News #88
Happy Summer!
From The Gramercy Park Block Association
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NY Post; Sunday, June 19, 2011
Neighborhood News #87
Rocking the arts club's vote
National Arts Club members suspect their ex-president Aldon James sneakily called the State Liquor Authority to crash their election on Thursday. There were whispers that James, who was club president for 23 years and is being investigated by the ...Click here to read the full story.
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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Neighborhood News #86
Happy Fathers Day!
From the Gramercy Park Block Association
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NY Times; Friday, June 17, 2011
Neighborhood News #85
Big Deal | All Units are Unique, Some Uniquely So
Real estate brokers often describe the properties they market as "unique." (Roughly 99.9 percent of the time.) But Tim Cass of the Corcoran Group, who is listing a ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Friday, June 17, 2011
Neighborhood News #84
Embattled National Arts Club President Aldon James Ousted

Aldon James became the focus of two law enforcement probes for fincancial mismanagement of the National Arts Club, first reported by DNAinfo ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Neighborhood News #82
HBO's 'Bored to Death' Filming on Gramercy Park
HBO and Into the Fray, Inc. are currently in production of the third season of the comedy series Bored to Death starring Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, Funny People), Ted Danson ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, June 6, 2011

Neighborhood News #81
Gramercy Park Mayor Thanks Community for Support

Since so many of you have been calling and e-mailing me, and asking our Park caretaker Amando where I have been, I am writing now to tell you. I have always ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, May 30, 2011
Neighborhood News #80
Gramercy Park's Kamel Boutros in Hello Lonesome
We have some exciting news about our beloved neighbor Kamel Boutros, who is Music Director of Calvary-St. George's Church and has a close association ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Neighborhood News #79
Gramercy Park Neighbor Jimmy Fallon Discusses New Book at Barnes & Noble in Union Square

Not only does our wonderful Gramercy Park neighbor Jimmy Fallon have his own late night talk show on NBC, but he is also releasing a work of comeding in the ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Neighborhood News #78
Gramercy Park Neighbor Restaurateur Phil Suarez's ABC Kitchen Wins James Beard Award
Last week, our neighbor Phil Suarez's ABC Kitchen was named Best New Restaurant of 2011 by the James Beard Foundation. ABC Kitchen, located at 35 E 18th St. ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, May 20, 2011
Neighborhood News #77
We want to let you know that this Sunday, May 22nd at 9:30am at The Chapel of St. George's, a Service of Holy Baptism for the son-in-law of our neighbor Rev. Nancy Hanna (former Associate Rector of Calvary-St. George's) is being led by our beloved neighbor Rev. Jacob Smith, Curate of Calvary-St. George's
...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Neighborhood News #75
The Fish & The Cow Organic Bake Shop Debuts on Gramercy Park North

On Saturday, May 14, my cousin Hallie Meyer and I debuted our sidewalk bakery, The Fish & The Cow. We set up shop on Gramercy Park and welcomed dozens of ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
Neighborhood News #74
Apartment at 50 Gramercy Park North Featured on Curbed NY
The apartment of Gramercy Park neighbor Thomas Marsico was recently featured in Curbed NY. The 3BR, 3.5BA at 50 Gramercy Park North #9B, is "the only apartment ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Neighborhood News #73
Our Gramercy Park Neighbors Danny Meyer
and Phil Suarez Win James Beard Awards

The restaurants of Gramercy Park neighbors Danny Meyer and Phil Suarez recently received honors at the 2011 James Beard Awards held at Lincoln Center ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Concerned Artists of The National Arts Club
A group dedicated to the reform of The National Arts Club. Their site includes Latest Club News, NAC Constitution, NAC bylaws, IRS Filings, etc.
...Click here to visit the site.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Neighborhood News #72
Stephen Wilkes' Photoshoot
Outside Gramercy Park
On Saturday, May 14th, 9:00am until sunset (approx. 8:30pm), weather permitting, renowned photographer Stephen Wilkes will be doing a photoshoot
...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Neighborhood News #71
Gramercy's Besu Salon featured
on 'Celebrity Apprentice'
Besu Salon, owned by Rebecca Lieberman, is now located at 234 Third Avenue between 20th and 19th streets, where they relocated to eight months ago from ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Neighborhood News #70
Gramercy Park Neighbor Lauren Santo Domingo
Our Gramercy Park neighbor Lauren Santo Domingo has been a model, editor at Vogue, and now "considers her most challenging and exciting [project] is ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, May 5, 2011
Neighborhood News #68
National Arts Club holds elections

The National Arts Club held an election for its board of governors on Tuesday night, amidst an ongoing investigation by the district attorney and the attorney general ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011
Neighborhood News #67
Gramercy Park Artist Will Barnet
Turns 100 on May 25th

Our Gramercy Park neighbor Will Barnet will be turning 100 on May 25th. A celebrated artist known for his paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints depicting ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Neighborhood News #66
Our Gramercy Park Neighbor Philip Howard Appears on The Daily News with Jon Stewart
Gramercy Park neighbor Philip Howard appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday May 2nd, where he spoke about his book The Death of Common Sense ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Neighborhood News #65
National Arts Club Board Faces Tough Questions at Annual Meeting

National Arts Club members will have their first chance to question the board since it became embroiled in controversy.
... Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Neighborhood News #63
Latest tax filings from Arts Club show large, mysterious expenses
For most people, tax day has come and gone, with most eagerly anticipating their returns for 2010, if they haven't gotten them already. However, the National Arts Club ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Neighborhood News #62
Truffle on Third Avenue Closed For Violations
In recent months, our Gramercy Park Block Association, working with our neighbors on Gramercy Park and with the 13th Precinct, has been involved in addressing ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Neighborhood News #61 - Condo Conversion at 36 Gramercy Park East Half-sold
Sales of Maurice Mann's condo conversion at 36 Gramercy Park East have exceeded 50 percent. According to Nest Seekers International, 19 of the 30 units ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Neighborhood News #60 - Man who robbed Gramercy Chase Bank finally caught
According to a report by DNAinfo, Djamil Azizi, 51, who robbed the Chase Bank on Third Avenue between 19th and 20th streets earlier this month, was finally caught ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Neighborhood News #59
Third Avenue Building to be demolished
Community Board 6 District Manager Toni Carlina has advised us that the building at 266 Third Avenue (between 21st and 22nd streets) will soon be demolished ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Neighborhood News #58
Regime Change on Gramercy Park
On March 6, dozens of zebra finches were found dead outside the National Arts Club, at 15 Gramercy Park South. They belonged to the club president, O. Aldon James ...Click here to read the full story.
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Nearsay; Monday, April 18, 2011
Neighborhood News #57
Gramercy Park apartment featured on
HGTV's Selling New York

Recently, a $2.75 million, 1,880-square-foot, 3BA/2.5BA apartment at 39 Gramercy Park North was featured on HGTV's Selling New York. Gramercy Park neighbor ...Click here to read the full story.
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Introspective Magazine; Thursday, April 14, 2011
Neighborhood News #56
Gramercy Park Neighbor Pieter Estersohn
Pieter Estersohn is an accomplished photographer that has been published in every major fasion and shelter magazine and has been the principal photographer in many major design book. He and his seven-year-old son Elio divide their time between Gramercy Park and Dutches County, New York.
Click here for an interview with Estersohn that recently appear in Introspective Magazine.
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Nearsay; Thursday, April 14, 2011
Neighborhood News #55
An interview with our Neighbor Danny Meyer
From ballpark burger joints to highly acclaimed fine dining restaurants, the empire of Danny Meyer continues to dominate New York's crowded culinary scene ...Click here to read the interview.
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New York Post; Sunday, April 17, 2011

Neighborhood News #54
It's highway 'snobbery' - Longtime leader of city's National Arts Club in $$-fraud

It's a storied New York institution for the arts - but its current drama is more TV soap opera than Masterpiece Theater. Since it was founded in 1898, the National ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Neighborhood News #53
Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon filming Arbitrage on Gramercy Park
From Monday, April 18th through Wednesday, April 20th from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. the movie Arbitrage will be filming in the Gramercy Park area ...Click here to read the full story.
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NY Post, Page Six; Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Club makes members cranky
National Arts Club members are up in arms over a letter from their board of governors threatening to publicly post the names of deadbeats at the front desk ...Click here to read the full story.
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Curbed NY; Friday, April 8, 2011
Neighborhood News #52
Gramercy Park Neighbor Uma Thurman Sells Village Townhouse
Uma Thurman, who owns an apartment on Gramercy Park at 1 Lexington Avenue, recently sold her 5,000 sq ft seven bed-room townhouse at 18 West 9th Street for ...Click here to read the full story.
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Berkshire Fine Arts; Thursday, March 31, 2011
Neighorhood News #51
Regime Change at National Arts Club

A personal account of a recent visit to The National Arts Club by Charles Giuliano, Publisher/Editor of Berkshire Fine Arts ...Click here to read the full story.
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Gothamist; Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Neighborhood News #50
Curb Alert: Pick Up This Pair Of Randy Rabbit Outside of National Arts Club!
After being publicly outed as a hoarder, amongst other things, president of the National Arts Club O. Aldon James has temporarily stepped down for a "vacation" ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Neighborhood News #49
National Arts Club Undergoes Massive Spring Cleaning
With long-time NAC prez Aldon James on "vacation," board members are carting junk out from rooms and assessing its art. The esteemed National Arts Club is undergoing ...Click here to read the full story.
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Daily News; Sunday, April 3, 2011
Neighborhood News #48
Aldon James caught in controversy over at NAC, where org may have bookkeping issues
Aldon James has resurfaced at the National Arts Club, but it's the new security guards that have members talking. A source close to the situation says the ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 31, 2011
Neighborhood News #47
Visit from Aldon James scares pet shop worker
Many people who are new in the neighborhood have recently asked about Aldon James and his history at The National Arts Club and in the Gramercy Park community ...Click here to read the full story.
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New York Observer; Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Neighborhood News #46
Our Gramercy Park Neigbor Danny Meyer's
Last Wednesday, Danny Meyer, maybe the city's most successful restaurateur, quietly opened a new 40-seat eatery, Untitled, in the Whitney Museum's basement ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Neighborhood News #45
22 Gramercy Park South Penthouse Triplex Featured on "Open House"

For several years people had been asking me about the construction going on at 22 Gramercy Park South, a Greek Revival-style building built in 1865. The 8-room 3,621 square-foot penthouse triplex, designed by Michael ...Click here to read the full article.
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Crains NY; Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Neighborhood News #44
Grooming a next-generation Union Square Cafe
Our friend Sam Lipp, formerly of neighbor Danny Meyer's Maialino Restaurant in the Gramercy Park Hotel ...Click here to read the full article.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 17, 2011
Neighborhood News #43
James takes a 'vacation' from NAC
Insiders say he used scare tactics to stay in power and keep members quiet - Following the sudden leave taken by O. Aldon James, the scandal-plagued president of the National Arts Club, and reports of investigations into the club books, members, former members and residents of Gramercy Park are now wondering ... Click here to read the full story.
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Gawker; Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Neighborhood News #42
The National Arts Club's Racist, Crazy, Bird-Murdering Hoarder President Takes a 'Vacation'
Aldon James Jr. has been the president of the National Arts Club, a tony and pretentious group of New York City "arts" lovers, for 20 years. Lately he's turned crazy ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo, New York Post, Gothamist; Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #41
National Arts Club Investigated by Law Enforcement Agencies
The District Attorney and the Attorney General's offices are looking into the National Arts Club, sources said ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo, The Daily News, The Real Deal, ARTINFO, CurbedNY, Nearsay; Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #40
NAC President Aldon James Steps Aside
Aldon James' tenure has been rife with battles, including fights with tenants in the club's apartment over rent stabilization, rifts with Gramercy Park locals over access to the gates green space and challenges from members ...Click here to read the full story.
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New York Times, DNAinfo; Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #39
Hiatus Is Set for Leader of Arts Club
The venerable National Arts Club said on Monday that its longtime president would take a vacation, a time-off that the club's first vice president, who will serve as the acting president, called a leave of absence ...Click here to read the full story.
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Crains NY, Curbed NY; Friday, March 11, 2011
Neighborhood News #38
Prices raised at Gramercy condo conversion
Apartments in a rental-to-condo conversion at a landmarked building on Manhattan's Gramercy Park just got pricier-as much as 23% pricier for the larger units ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 10, 2011
Neighborhood News #37
Gramercy Park's dead bird mystery
The mysterious release of dozens of birds and the deaths of the some of them has shocked and angered the Gramercy Park community, where the birds, all zebra finches ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Neighborhood News #36
National Arts Club President Suspected of Dumping Dead Birds

National Arts Club President Suspected Of Dumping Dead Birds - WPIX-TV Channel 11 News

State Investigating Dead Birds Found Near National Arts Club - DNAinfo

Dozens of dead finches found in Gramercy Park
WABC-TV Channel 7 News


Murder Mystery Grows as Dead Birds Found in Rich New York City Neighborhood - The Village Voice

Manhattan Now Has Its Own Dead-Bird Mystery
New York Magazine
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Neighborhood News #35
Exotic Finches Found Dead Near National Arts Club
'Bird Man of Gramercy Park' in middle of flap as dozens of baby finches found dead or dazed
The Daily News


Exotic Finches Found Dead Near National Arts Club
DNAinfo


Birds found dazed or dead in private NYC park
The Wall Street Journal/Associated Press

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Town & Village & DNAinfo; Thursday, March 3, 2011
Neighborhood News #34
John James a Screamer, Say Women
$100K Cabbie Not Invited to National Arts Club Ceremony in His Honor
John James, 64, the twin brother of the O. Aldon James, president of the National Arts Club, frightened two women by screaming at them inside the club at 15 Gramercy ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, March 3, 2011
Neighborhood News #33
Questions remain on condition of landmarked National Arts Club
O. Aldon James, the president of the National Arts Club, snubbed the Community Board Six's Landmarks subcommittee by declining to attend a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the condition of the club's ...Click here to read the full story.
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New York Observer & Curbed NY; Monday, February 21, 2011
Neighborhood News #32
Icelandic Anti; Embattled Viking Sells Gramercy Penthouse for $22M.
In Europe, Icelander Jon Asgeir Johannesson is best known for invading London and buying up some of its poshest store before his Baugur empire collapsed amidst ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Monday, February 21, 2011
Neighborhood News #31
National Arts Club President Talks Trash, Threatens Boards
Aldon James sent a letter to the National Arts Club board threatening members who questioned him ...Click here to read the full story.
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The Real Deal; Friday, February 18, 2011
Neighborhood News #30
Gramercy Park Neighbor Danny Meyer talks Shake Shack, Miami dining and NYC
New York restaurant titan Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group have 21 James Beard awards for their work in restaurants such as the Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and Eleven ...Click here to read the full story.
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DNAinfo; Friday, February 18, 2011
Neighborhood News #29
Three Suspects Wanted for Violently Mugging an 84-Year-Old Woman at 18th St. and Irving Place

Three people are wanted in the brutal Gramercy mugging of an 84-year-old woman. The suspects, two men and one woman, recently attacked their elderly victim on ...Click here to read the full story.
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Real Estate Weekly; Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Neighborhood News #28
Black eye for propietors in Gramercy bar fight
Victorious neighbors think landlords should take a more active role in investigating proposed tenants for commercial spaces ...Click here to read the full story.
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Curbed NY; Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #27
On Second Thought, Karl Lagerfeld Not Selling Gramercy Apartment
We were surprised by two thing surrounding the reported imminent listing of The Kaiser's 3BR/3.5BA apartment in ultra-posh 50 Gramercy Park North: 1) He never ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #26 - The National Arts Club
At Arts Club, an Honest Cabby is Rewarded
The New York Times; Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Brother of National Arts Club President Gives Cabbie $1000 Reward
DNAinfo; Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Neighborhood News #25
ESU Truck #1 Detectives Capture Killer
The officer immediately to the right of killer Gelman is Detective Pete Quinn of Emergency Service Truck #1. ESU #1 is housed in the 13th Precinct, a half a block from Gramercy Park. Also assisting with the capture of Gelman was ESU Detective Todd Sessa.
Click here to read the Daily News story.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
Neighborhood News #24 - TV Series Filming Here
CBS Productions has contacted us and we will be working with them on minimizing their impact on the neighborhood during their production of the premiere season ...Click here to read the full story.
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New York Post; Thursday, February 10, 2011
Neighborhood News #23 - Karl Lagerfeld
Here's a serious Fashion Week discount. Karl Lagerfeld, the man behind Chanel and Fendi, is putting his stunning, never-lived-in home at 50 Gramercy ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Neighborhood News #22
Trustees of Gramercy Park
Accident at Gramercy Park North
On Sunday, February 6th at 7:30pm, a Toyota Camry crashed into the trees and potted planters on the curb in front of the Gramercy Park North Gate at Lexington Avenue ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Neighborhood News #21
Pregnant exec's attacker jailed
Last summer, many of you contacted me concerned about the assault of a pregnant woman, who was beaten and robbed in broad daylight on 15th Street and Irving ...Click here to read the full story.
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NY Daily News; Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Neighborhood News #20
Best Places to live in New York for singles
With a median age in the mid 30s, you know there's fun to be had here. Any night of the week, and we mean any night of the week, walk down Park Avenue South in the ...Click to read the full story.
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amNY; Friday, February 4, 2011
Neighborhood News #19
Beyond Gramercy Park
Gramercy is no walk in the park. The, of course, refers to the gated oasis - the only private park in Manhattan - accessible by no one but the key-holding residents who ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, February 3, 2011
Neighborhood News #18
The National Arts Club - More Coverage
The National Arts Club has been in trouble before, but the difference this time is that it's crumbling from the inside out. Former and current club and board members are ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Neighborhood News #17
The National Arts Club
People from all over the country and beyond have been sending me the following news.
...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Neighbhorhood News #16
Victory for Gramercy Park!
Despite the fact that the Board of 38 Gramercy Park North fought for it, and a different Gramercy Park neighborhood group supported it, and the Community Board voted...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, November 26, 2010
Neighborhood News #15
Washington Irving High School
A knowledgeable source informed me about a major disturbance that occured in Washington Irving High School last week. It began with a fistfight in the school auditorium ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Neighborhood News #14
DA Cyrus Vance Comes to Gramercy Park
As part of their Fall Speaker Series, Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is joining with TD Bank to invite area business and property owners, managers and residents to meet ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Neighborhood News #13
Student Mugged in Front of 24 Gramercy Park S
Last Wednesday, October 27th at 10:30 PM, a gang of four girls, who were around high school age, mugged a 19-year-old NYU student. They surrounded her ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Neighborhood News #12
New 13th Precinct Commanding Officer
We have a new Commanding Officer at the 13th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Ted Berntsen. This twenty-year veteran Police Officer made his first patrols in Greenwich Village for the 6th Precinct, earned his stripes serving the East Village-based 9th Precinct and ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Neighborhood News #11
Borough Pres. Scott Stringer Bike Lane Study
Borough President Scott Stringer, in response to complaints, conducted a bike lane study with his staff. The verdict was that although bike lanes have some benefits, including ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, October 8, 2010
Neighborhood News #10
Gramercy Park Flower Shop Moving
The Gramercy Park Flower Shop, located at 260 Third Avenue (at 21st Street), will be moving shortly to another location, which will be very close to its current location ...Click here to read the full story.
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Monday, October 4, 2010
Neighborhood News #9
Double Homicide in Gramercy Park
According to our sources, Police are investigating a double fatal shooting in Gramercy this morning. The NYPD says two men in their twenties were killed inside an SUV ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Neighborhood News #8
Methadone clinic moving uptown
The Gramercy Park Medical Group, a methadone clinic located on Third Avenue between 20th and 21st streets (above Subway Restaurant), is about to close and move ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Neighborhood News #7
More Traffic for Gramercy Park
We thought you might find the proposed traffic plan by the City's Department of Transportation (DOT) for Union Square and the Park Avenue South corridor of interest. The part ...Click here to read the full story.
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Friday, August 6, 2010
Neighborhood News #6
Taxi Crashes into TD Bank
at 21st Street and Park Avenue South
On Sunday morning, around 3:00 AM, a taxi cab driver lost control of his vehicle, and crashed into the TD Bank at the southwest corner of 21st Street and Park Avenue South ...Click here to read the full story.
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The Observer; Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Neighborhood News #5
Details! 'Miss Gramercy' Sparks Bidding War;
Stone Phillips Wins With $4.9M.
With less than half a dozen penthouses around insular Gramercy Park, high-end buyers are likely to turn carnivorous when one becomes available. Penthouse A at ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Neighborhood News #4
Annual Neighborhood Preservation, Environmental and Greening Program
We would like to thank all of you whose support of our Annual Holiday Benefit at The Players has made this Annual Neighborhood Preservation, Environmental and Greening Program possible.
...Click here to read full story.
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Crain's New York; Friday, July 9, 2010
Neighborhood News #3
Gramercy Park Hotel owners default on loan
The Gramercy Park Hotel's website boasts the establishment as "original, romantic, surprising, poetic and whimsical." It neglects to mention the hotel is also in financial ...Click here to read full story.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010
Neighborhood News #2
Irving Place Gang Activity
Many of you have contacted me about an article that appeared in the media last week concerning the assault of a pregant woman, who was beaten and robbed in broad daylight...Click here to read full story.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
Neighborhood News #1
Gramercy Park Block Association
Tree Garden Restoration
The Gramercy Park Block Association has undertaken a project to restore and beautify the 41 tree gardens surrounding the four sides of Gramercy Park.  Many of the wrought iron fences surrounding the gardens are in disrepair and many of the cobblestones ...Click here to read full story.
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Monday, December 7, 2009
Neighborhood News
Movie Hotel Gramercy Park
on the Sundance Channel
FYI! From our good friend and neighbor Wendy Ettinger! Movie Hotel Gramercy Park on the Sunday Channel Tonight! ...Click here to read full story.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Great News About Our Neighbor
Danny Meyer - Maialino at Gramercy Park Hotel
We have some very exciting news to report from the home front about our wonderful friend and neighbor Danny Meyer! First of all ...Click here to read full story.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Neighborhood News
Danny Meyer Restaurant
Construction Update
I continue to work closely with the wonderful Danny Meyer team, and it is our intention to keep you informed whenever there is ...Click here to read full story.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Neighborhood News
Annual Summer
Neighborhood Clean-up
During July and August we will be removing graffiti and stickers, and painting: fire hydrants, Muni-meters, traffic sign poles, trash receptacles, tree garden fences, yellow parking lines, Bishop Crook lamposts...Click here to read full story.
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Monday, July 20, 2009
Neighborhood News
Danny Meyer Restaurant at the
Gramercy Park Hotel
Many buildings presidents and neighborhood residents have recently reached out to me with concerns that Danny...Click here to read full story.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Neighborhood News
Update- Upgrading Electric
on Gramercy Park North
Many of you have continued to contact me about the construction that has been going on the past several weeks on Gramercy ...Click here to read full story.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Neighborhood News
GPBA apple seeds Summer Special
Many of you have told me how much you love the programs and classes at apple seeds, the all-in-one indoor play space for ...Click here to read full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 23, 2009
Neighborhood News
Danny Meyer: Gramercy Park Hotel Restaurant
should feel 'very accessible'
Despite some murmurings throughout the city that the next restaurant to be opened by Danny Meyer will be in Union Square Park ...Click here to read full story.
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Monday, April 13, 2009
Upgrading Electric on Gramercy Park North
Many of you have contacted me inquiring about the work that has been going on the past few weeks on Gramercy Park North ...Click here to read full story.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
We thought you might be interested in a memo sent to us by our wonderful friends at Community Board 6. It details a potential new rule that may change the way the ...Click here to read full story.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Attempted Sexual Assault
at Third Avenue and 20th Street
Many people have contacted me concerning an alleged neighborhood attack that was reported recently on Channel 7 Eyewitness News. The attempted attack occurred ...Cick to read full story.
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Friday, February 6, 2009
Suspect Preying on Young Boys
Many of you have contacted me upon learning about the sexual assault of young boys in the Gramercy Park area. I am staying in close contact with Deputy Inspector Tim ... Click here to read full story.
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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Gramercy Park Community and His Friends Remember Antonio Pagan
Many of you may remember when, in 1994, we discovered that a federally-funded state agency was about to house mentalling ill, homeless and former substance abusepopulation in 117 East 18th Street, between Park Ave South and Irving Place. It was doing so without informing the Community Board, elected officials, or ...Click here to read full story.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Attemped Robbery at 20th Street
and Gramercy Park South
I am writing in response to your many inquiries about an attempted robbery a week ago at 20th Street and Gramercy Park South. Two of our Gramercy Park children, ages 12 and ...Click here to read full story.
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The Real Deal; Monday, January 5, 2009
Sole Gramercy Park Rental Building to go Condo
The only rental building situated on one of Manhattan's most sought-after plots of land is going condo.  On December 26, proposed condominium offering plans were issued to residents of 36 Gramercy Park East, a landmarked rental building abutting the ...Click here to read full story.
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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Electronic Waste Recycling Event
You are invited to bring your outdated, broken or otherwise unwanted electronics to the electronic recycling drive on Sunday, January 4th, 2009 at Union Square Park - North Plaza. The Lower East Side Ecology ...Click here to read full story.
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Monday, November 10, 2008
Community Board 6 Notice - Water Discoloration

Our friend Toni Carlina, District Manager of Manhattan Community Board Six, notified us of the following important information: Due to the activation of shaft 33 of the ...Click here to read the full story.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Madison Park Pedestrian Project

As part of the city's efforts to become more pedestrian friendly, west of Madison Square Park between 22nd and 24th Streets, there is ...Click here to read the full story.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Gramercy Park Update - Fallen Tree

On Saturday, August 30th, at approximately 8:00 am, I received a call from the NYPD Emergency Truck #1 that a tree had fallen ...Click here to read full story.

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Monday, August 11, 2008
Gramercy Park Traffic Update

Gramercy Park traffic changes are about to take place. I am happy to tell you that I had a very productive meeting with the Department ...Click here to read the full story.

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Monday, July 28, 2008
Gramercy Park Update - Tree Garden's Surrounding the Park

About two months ago, as part of the GPBA's Annual Neighborhood Clean-up, we planted red, white, and orange impatiens in the 41 tree ...Click here to read full story.

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Town & Village; Thursday, June 12, 2008
Push for 'No Honking' Signs in Gramercy Park

The traffic on 21st Street, between Third Avenue and Park Avenue South, is unbearable, not just to communters but to the ...Click here to read the full story.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Gramercy Park Block Association - Recent Auto Accident

Many of you have inquired about the automobile accident that occurred on April 6th, at 5:00 am when a car crashed into the South Gate ...Click here to read the full story.

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Monday, March 31, 2008
Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood Safety Concern

We've received hundreds of emails and phone calls in response to the letter we sent out written by the mother of a neighborhood boy ...Click here to read the full story.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008
NYU and Gramercy Green

Many of you have been inquiring about the building under construction on the corner of Third Avenue and 23rd Street. NYU recently ...Click here to read the full story.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Cabrini Medical Center Closes

Many of you have been asking if we heard anything about the future of Cabrini Medical Center. We found out that this historic Gramercy ...Click here to read the full story.

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Monday, January 28, 2008
Muni-meters on Sidewalks Around Gramercy Park

Many of you inquired about the Muni-meters that are appearing on our sidewalks. I have spoken with Community Board 6 District Manager ...Click here to read the full story.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Building on 22nd and Gramercy

Many of you have been asking me about the new development proposed for the corner of 22nd Street and Third Avenue. This development ...Click here to read the full story.

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Town & Village; Thursday, December 14, 2006
Gramercy Park Residence for Women Up for Sale

The closing of the Salvation Army's women's residence in Gramercy Park is a sad chapter in the history of an institution that has long provided affordable housing for young women, but clearly ...Click here to read the full story.

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Town & Village; Thursday, August 10, 2006
Gramercy Park Hotel Re-Opens

The Newly Renovated Gramercy Park Hotel at Lexington Avenue and Gramercy Park North officially opened on Tuesday, August 8th ...Click here to read the full story.

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Town & Village; Thursday, July 27, 2006
Borough President, GPBA President Meet on Gramercy Park Issues - Gramercy Park Hotel

Manhattan Borough Pres Scott Stringer and Arlene Harrison, President of the Gramercy Park Block Association and Trustee of Gramercy Park, met last week to discuss issues affecting the Gramercy Park community ...Click here to read the full story.

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The Cooperator; 2006
GPBA President Harrison meets with Con Edison Steam Manager

Arlene Harrison, President of Gramercy Park Block Association met with Con Edison Steam manager in a meeting about steam for ....Click here to read the full story.

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Town & Village; Thursday, October 20, 2005
Men's Shelter Will Not Move to 25th - Residents Concerned Over Sex Offenders
The New York Department of Homeless Services on Monday withdrew its plan to open a shelter for adult men at the Lexington Armory ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, September 1, 2005
Traffic Changes Aim to Stop Park Crashes into Park Fence
Traffic light modification took effect last week at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 22nd Street to prevent drivers from speeding ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, August 25, 2005
Gramercy Park Trash Receptacle
Project Completion
The Gramercy Park Block Association has announced the completion of the installation of new trash receptacles in the Gramercy Park community. The new units, a major upgrade from the city's standard beat-up wire baskets, are a result of ...Click here to read the full story.
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The New York Times; Sunday, August 14, 2005
Gramercy Park Featured in Sunday
New York Times
Robert Cohn's move to Gramercy Park in 1978 left his friends bewildered. He was in his late 20's and they thought Gramercy Park "was where all the old ladies lived," recalled Mr. Cohn ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, August 11, 2005
Local Leaders Break Bread with Bloomberg
Three local community leaders, Arlene S. Harrison, President of Gramercy Park Block Association and a Trustee of Gramercy Park ...Click here to read the full story.
...Click here to read letter written to Mayor Bloomberg from Arlene Harrison about traffic problems on Gramercy Park North
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Gramercy Park Hotel Construction Site Update
The Gramercy Park Block Association President, Arlene Harrison continues to have daily meetings with the Hotel management, the Bovis construction field supervisor and with their ...Click here to read the full story.
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Summer 2005
The GPBA Worked to Solve A Sewer Problem
The Gramercy Park Block Association worked to solve the sewer problem at the southeast corner of Gramercy Park.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Gramercy Park Hotel
Update on Neighborhood Concerns
I continue to have daily meetings with the Gramercy Park Hotel management, the Bovis Construction field supervisor, and the Con Ed site supervisor to discuss quality-of-life concerns...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, May 5, 2005
Gramercy Park Hotel
Update on Neighborhood Concerns
Many of you have contacted me in the last few weeks on a variety of topics of concern. Among the issues most mentioned are the Con Edison/Gramercy Park Hotel steam pipe excavation, the fumes and noise coming from a diesel ...Click here to read the full story.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2005
Gramercy Park Hotel
Update on Neighborhood Concerns

Many of you have contacted me in the last few weeks on a variety of topics of concern. Among the issues most mentioned are the Con Edison/Gramercy Park Hotel steam pipe excavation, the fumes and noise coming from a diesel ...Click here to read the full story.

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Spring 2005
Gramercy Park Block Association Provides Tree Garden Plantings
The GPBA provided plantings for the tree gardens on the sidewalk adjacent to the Park.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 28, 2005
Traffic Changes Approved for Accident Zone, Gramercy Park
Community Board 6 overwhelmingly approved pedestrian safety measures recommended by the Gramercy Park Block Association and the Trustees of ...Click here to read the full story.
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Thursday, April 21, 2005
Security Measures at the Gramercy Park Hotel Construction Site
Over the past several weeks, many of you have expressed your concerns about the dangers present in the walkways surrounding the Gramercy Park Hotel construction site both on Gramercy Park North and on Lexington Avenue ...Click here to read the full story.
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Spring 2005
The GPBA Meets with
the Department of Sanitation
The Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison holds regular meetings with the Department of Sanitation to improve area sanitation.
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Town & Village; Thursday, April 7, 2005
GPBA President Presents Recommendations for Traffic Safety
Members of Community Board Six held a meeting to address the emergency traffic safety issues at Lexington Avenue and Gramercy Park North last Friday. The meeting ...Click here to read the full story.
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New York Magazine; April 4, 2005
Gramercy Park Demolition Derby
Cars keep crashing through the wrought-iron fence surrounding Gramercy Park - three in one week ...Click here to read the full story.
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Spring 2005
GPBA Initiates Effort To Remove Graffiti From Area
The Gramercy Park Block Association initiated the effort to remove graffiti from the neighborhood ...Click here for the full story.
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Town & Village; March 31, 2005
Gramercy Park Neighborhood Tackles Traffic Problems

The Gramercy Park Block Association, the Trustees of Gramercy Park, and the 13th Precinct have held a series of emergency meetings organized by the Block Association in response to ...Click here for the full story.

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Town & Village; March 24, 2005
Third Accident at Gramercy Park North Fence

For a third time in less than a week, Gramercy Park North was the scene of a traffic accident ...Click here for the full story.

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Town & Village; March 17, 2005
Gramercy Park Gates Get Smashed In -- Again

The Gramercy Park fence was the scene of two motor vehicle accidents in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 12th forcing ...Click here for the full story.

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Friday, February 11, 2005
GPBA Meeting with Gramercy Park Hotel
Project Team

Once again, the Gramercy Park community has demonstrated what a close-knit group we are, and how we work together on issues of common concern. As you know, your many phone calls, letters and e-mail messages, led ...Click here to read the full story.

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Monday, January 24, 2005
The Gramercy Park Hotel
As you may know, during the past two weeks the Gramercy Park Hotel has raised the ire of much of the Gramercy Park community. The Hotel, now owned by Ian Schrager, began construction ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; February 12, 2004
Car Crashes into Gramercy Park South Gate
The tranquility of Gramercy Park was once again upset when a speeding car rammed its South gate early Saturday morning. According to police ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; January 29, 2004
New Signs for Gramercy Park Should Ease Traffic
The Gramercy Park Block Association has announced that it has managed to secure traffic signs for Gramercy Park North that ...Click here for the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, September 4, 2003
Gramercy Residents Welcome New Traffic Signs
Gramercy Park residents this week welcomed the installation of several new traffic signs they hope will ease congestion in the neighborhood ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; August 7, 2003
Gramercy North Gate Hit-and-Run Infuriates Residents
Not again. A wayward motorist crashed into the planters protecting the north gate entrance to Gramercy Park early Monday morning ...Click here for the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, June 26, 2003
Gramercy Community, Gramercy Park Hotel Club and City Together on Traffic Plan
Fears that another new nighclub in the area dubbed "Disco Alley" could make a bad traffic situation worse have led to what is believed may well be a light at the end of the tunnel ...Click here to read the full story.
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Summer 2003
Gramercy Park Block Association Addresses Noise Issue
The GPBA addressed issues of horn-honking, car alarms and loud radios in the Gramercy neighborhood.
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GPBA Newsletter; Autumn 2003
Gramercy Park Block Association Trash Receptacle Initiative
The GPBA is pleased to announce a quality-of-life initiative undertaken with the cooperation of the New York City Department of Sanitation. We are grateful to our neighbors Eric Ellenbogen and Christopher Mooney for all the work ...Click here to read the full story.
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GPBA Newsletter; Autumn 2003
Gramercy Park Block Association Reports Newsrack Violations
A new city law went into effect last spring that should bring some order to the sidewalk chaos caused by the haphazard proliferation of newsracks that have cluttered our streetscapes for far too long, espechially at corners...Click here to read the full story.
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Summer 2003
The GPBA Worked to Keep X-Rated Businesses Out of Neighborhood
The Gramercy Park Block Association worked to successfully keep x-rated businesses from the neighborhood.
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The New York Times; Sunday, July 20, 2003
Gramercy Park Hotel
Dust Settles at a Noisy Crossroads
For a better part of four decades, Gramercy Park has been beset by gridlock and honking ...Click here to read the full story.
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May 2, 2003
Gramercy Park Hotel - Meeting Regarding
Quality of Life Issues and the Cobalt Club

On Friday, May 2, 2003, at the request of Steven Greenberg, the new lessee of the Gramercy Park Hotel, a meeting took place at the 34 Gramercy Park East home of Arlene Harrison, President of the Gramercy Park Block ...Click here to read the full story.

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Spring 2002
GPBA Supports Drive To Keep Steel Phone Booths From Neighborhood
The Gramercy Park Block Association supported the drive to keep additional steel telephone booths from being placed on Irving Place.
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The New York Times; Sunday, October 8, 2000
Idling Buses Leave a Stain of Pollution on a Jewel of a Park

People talk about Madison Square Park as though it were an elegant lady with awful taste in jewelry ...Click here to read the full story.

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Fall 2000
The GPBA Worked to Maintain M1 Bus Service in the Area

The GPBA worked to ensure continued service of the M1 Bus to the area.

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Town & Village; Thursday, August 14, 2000
The GPBA Distributes Preventive Measures About West Nile Virus
In a week that saw four dead crows discovered in Gramercy Park, health officials have made no decision on whether to add Lower Manhattan to its pesticide spraying schedule. To date, the city has restricted spraying of ...Click here to read the full story.
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Summer 2000
Gramercy Park Block Association Works to Get Homeless off the Streets
A unique partnership is set to breathe new life into the neighborhood's streets while offering a helping hand to some of the area's less fortunate residents. At an official launch a Who's Who of business and community leaders will ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, November 25, 1999

Housing and Services Inc., the non-profit group that successfully rehabilitated the drug and crime-ridden Kenmore Hotel on East 23rd, held its first annual benefit luncheon last week ...Click here to read the full story.

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Town & Village; Thursday, August 19, 1999
GPBA Works to Reopen Eden Farms Grocery Store
Eden Farms in Gramercy Park finally reopened after being closed for two months because a building next door was teetering on collapse. But adding insult to injury, two alleged thieves broke the front door of the store and in ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, August 5, 1999
Gramercy Park Building Owners Plead for Work Completion
The owners of a Gramercy Park building where a local grocery store has been shut down because of the treat of a falling cornice from a ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, June 3, 1999
Concerned Citizens Speak Honors Henderson and Harrison

A large crowd attended the Concerned Citizens Speak 18th annissaversary awards dinner at the 24th Fifth Avenue Ballroom last week ...Click here to read the full story.

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Daily News; Tuesday March 2, 1999
GPBA Works to Eliminate Oversized Illegal Trucks from Local Streets
Big, noisy trucks are rumbling through the city in record numbers - choking streets, shaking buildings, rattling nerves and driving residents crazy. The influx of trucks has gotten so bad that officials have begun planning the first city-wide truck ...Click here to read the full story.
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Summer 1997
GPBA 20th Street "Disco" Update

In response to the many inquiries from our members, we have been closely monitoring the proposed restaurant establishment to be located at 250 Park Avenue (at 20th Street) ...Click here to read the full story.

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Town & Village; Thursday, December 19, 1996
23rd Street Group Honors Crime-Fighting Trio

The 23rd Street Association, in a ceremony on December 9, presented community service awards to several local leaders and residents ...Click here to read the full story.

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Town & Village; Thursday, November 21,1996
Kenmore Hotel Partnership was Celebrated in Gramercy Park
More than 100 business leaders, elected officials and local activists attended a reception in Gramercy Park last Wednesday night to celebrate the partnership of community and a non-profit group in the rebuilding and renovation of ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, October 3, 1996
GPBA Addresses Issue of Police Vehicles Parking on Gramercy Park
It would be easy to mistake the block of 21st Street that is home to the 13th Precinct as a police parking lot. It is continually lined with police vehicles and officers' private cars, which are sometimes double-parked and blocking fire ...Click here to read the full story.
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Town & Village; Thursday, May 11, 1995
Dem Leader Gephardt, Rep. Maloney in Gramercy Town Hall

House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt joined Rep. Carolyn Maloney in denouncing Republican tax cuts as being in favor of the rich and at the expence of vital programs ...Click here to read the full story.

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Winter 1994

The GPBA Addresses Neighborhood Lighting Issue

The Gramercy Park Block Association increased the wattage of area lampposts and suggested additional building lights for the area ...Click here to read the full story.
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National and World Affiars; September 19, 1994
Activists Attract HUD Thought Police

The Fair Housing Act, most people assume, exists to protect members of various minorities from the discriminatory whims of landlords ...Click here to read the full story.

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