Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #672

GPBA 20th Anniversary: A Look Back in History

Preserving the unique historic residential nature of Gramercy Park


When the Park is threatened with legal actions, as it has been several times, or when external threats jeopardize the historic integrity of the Park and the surrounding community, the GPBA is the entity that deals with these threats. We also work with buildings and developers to protect the community's unique historic residential character.


Protected Gramercy Park and 1831 Park Trust for two decades from legal actions from the National Arts Club
Fought against legal actions to invalidate the 1831 Gramercy Park trust indenture  

Read about National Arts Club litigation against Gramercy Park

Defended property rights of Gramercy Park residents and protected unique historic residential nature of Gramercy Park 


Advised Zeckendorf Development and Robert A. M. Stern Architects on the 18 Gramercy Park South Redevelopment
Led to historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the Georgian Revival Parkside Residence
Gramercy Park Residence for Women up for sale
Big Ticket | 18 Gramercy Park Penthouse for $42 Million


Facilitated placement of 26-ft Alexander Calder Sculpture in Gramercy Park
Worked with Park Trustees, Landmarks Preservation Commission, neighbors Alexander S. C. Rower (Calder grandson) and Samuel White (Stanford White great-grandson) 

Advised Gramercy Park Hotel owners on hotel redevelopment
Provided advice as well as community relations and public relations 
Gramercy Park Hotel re-opens

Distributed information detailing restoration plans for The Brotherhood Synagogue at 28 Gramercy Park South

Distributed information detailing restoration plans for Calvary/St. George's Church, 61 Gramercy Park North

Distributed information detailing restoration plans for Sonnenberg Mansion at 19/20 Gramercy Park South

Supported restoration plans for 5 Gramercy Park West, testified before the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Distributed information detailing restoration plans for 36 Gramercy Park East

Our Help Save The Players Campaign

Nominated National Arts Club as "Most Endangered"

Restored 41 tree gardens surrounding Gramercy Park 
Added 3 rows of cobblestone, wrought iron fences, and ongoing maintenance 





Implemented Annual Neighborhood Preservation Program

Painted street furniture, plantings, removed graffiti, power washed sidewalk




Monitored real estate development threatening the historic residential nature of Gramercy Park

New 60-story 22nd St skyscraper set to trump neighboring 23rd St tower One Madison by 150 ft 









Facilitated new street signs around historic Gramercy Park

New street signs with smaller and more attractive lettering, and with "Gramercy Park Historic District" at the top 



Annual Historic Walking Tour on History of Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park celebrates 175th anniversary with walking tour


Annual lectures on Notable Gramercy Park Residents and Historic Residences
Past lectures: Samuel Tilden, Edwin Booth, Stanford White, Tilden Mansion, Gramercy Park history 

Distributed information about area history

Researched and investigated missing Gramercy Park Nymph statue