The GPBA acts as the liaison between the Gramercy Park neighborhood and various New York City agencies, including the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Sanitation and others.
In order to maintain the safety and security of the Gramercy Park neighborhood, GPBA’s closest relationship is with the NYPD. This close partnership has been in effect for many years and has included a range of crime prevention projects. Throughout the year the GPBA participates in and is proud to support various 13th Precinct community events.
GPBA Initiatives with the NYPD
World Trade Center
On September 11th, 2001, our world and our lives were changed forever. The Gramercy Park Block Association was privileged to support our local officers in the days and months following September 11th.
Explorer Program Sponsorship
For years, GPBA has supported the Law Enforcement Explorers program, providing young men and women from diverse communities with an introduction to careers in law enforcement or the criminal justice system.
National Night Out Against Crime
Each August, the GPBA joins with the 13th Precinct to sponsor National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
Neighborhood Coordination Officers
The Gramercy Park Block Association is the designated Community Partner of our local NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs), Officer Manny Rodriguez and Officer Billy Farley. The NCOs serve as liaisons between the police and the community; they act as key crime-fighters and problem-solvers in the neighborhood.
Building Security Network
The GPBA and the NCOs are developing a plan to promote greater safety in our community. We will be setting up direct links between the NCOs and points of contact in buildings around the Park to address safety issues as they arise.
Building Crime Prevention Surveys
The GPBA is working with the NCOs to offer free crime prevention surveys to buildings. An NYPD officer conducts the survey, which is a checklist of suggestions on security issues a building may have and how to correct them. The survey is from roof to basement and addresses cameras, lighting, locks, windows, door frames, fire safety, alarms and other security measures.
Remembering Fallen Officers
The GPBA remembers fallen NYPD Officers and shows support to their families each year at an event at the National Arts Club.
Thanksgiving Dinners for ESU #1
The GPBA sponsors a dinner for Emergency Service Detectives who work on Thanksgiving Day.
Annual Holiday Party for Families
The Gramercy Park Block Association sponsors an annual holiday party for NYPD Patrol Borough Manhattan South and 13th Precinct officers and their families.
GPBA and NYPD: A 27 Year Partnership
The Gramercy Park Block Association was formed in 1994 when GPBA founder Arlene Harrison’s son was brutally beaten by a random “wilding” gang of about 20 youths outside their home on Gramercy Park. From that time forward, the GPBA has maintained a close working relationship with the NYPD. Linked below is an archive documenting this nearly three-decade-long partnership.
The Archives: 1994-2018 (click to access)