MORNING DAWNS Sunrise at Rattlesnake Ridge facing Pinnacle Mountain. © Joshua Kwekel

About Us

Over the past 27 years, the Gramercy Park Block Association has grown into a powerful, highly respected organization of 2,000 people, which advocates for the interests of those who live, work and own businesses in the Gramercy Park Neighborhood.  We are a grassroots, proactive community group dedicated to public safety, historic preservationquality-of-life and community building issues.

 

Public Safety

We Defeated
Men’s shelter for sex-offenders, ex-convicts
Residence for mentally ill, drug addicted
Violence-plagued Kenmore Hotel
Methadone clinic crime
X-rated businesses

With NYPD We Facilitate
Building staff security training
Building security surveys
Crime and safety alerts
Disaster preparation
Senior citizen escort
Anti auto & bike theft

We Support
World Trade Center Remembrance
National Night Out Against Crime
Wall of Honor for Fallen Officers
Event Honoring Fallen Officers
13th Precinct Memorial Garden
NYPD Family Holiday Party
Veterans Support Program

Quality of Life

We Address
Neighborhood cleanup
Nightlife/bar issues
Traffic congestion
Homelessness
Construction issues
Street lighting
Streetscape
Air pollution
Sanitation
Dog etiquette
Graffiti
Noise

We Defeated
Liquor licenses for troublesome bars
Harmful commercial development
Bar proposal for Gramercy Park
Nightclub for Gramercy Park

Historic Preservation

What We Do
Fight legal actions threatening Park Trust Fight threats to residential nature
Building restoration projects
Historic preservation projects
Tree garden restoration
Streetscape projects

Educational Programs
Gramercy Park Archives
Gramercy Park Library
Walking tours
Lectures

Community Building

We Facilitate
Gramercy Park News e-newsletter
National Night Out Against Crime
World Trade Center Ceremony
Community Cultural Programs
Palm Sunday Procession
Christmas Eve Caroling
Edwin Booth Birthday
Menorah Lighting
Easter Egg Hunt
Members Party
Fall Event

Our History

The Gramercy Park Block Association was formed in 1994, after Arlene Harrison’s son was brutally beaten by a random “wilding” gang of about 20 youths outside their home on Gramercy Park. To make something positive come out of this incident, a large group of determined neighbors from every building on Gramercy Park joined together to establish the Gramercy Park Block Association: a grassroots, proactive community group dedicated to public safety, crime prevention, historic preservation, and quality-of-life.

The GPBA has grown into a powerful, highly respected organization of 2,000 members, which serves as Gramercy Park’s voice for all neighborhood interests. The GPBA serves as the liaison between the Gramercy Park community and city agencies, elected officials, historic preservation groups, local BIDs, businesses, institutions, local first responders, and works with residents to make sure neighborhood concerns are addressed.

Archives

Website Archive

The Block Association’s Archived Website 1994-2019 – documenting 25 years of our work.

Poster Archive

A selection of GPBA and Trustee posters from the past several years.

Poster Archives