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
Neighbors participate in Epiphany Church’s “Adopt a Family” for Christmas, which benefits family violence prevention, emergency shelter for women and children and formerly homeless individuals.
Remembering Fallen Officers
Annual Backpack Drive when neighbors donate backpacks filled with educational supplies to distribute to children living in city shelters before the beginning of the school year
The GPBA joined with Guan Yang, Gramercy Park neighbor and organizer of the NYC Makes PPE project, to distribute 2,500 face shields to the ten Precincts in Patrol Borough Manhattan South, from 59th St to Battery Park.
Annual Arts Club Event
The Brotherhood Synagogue Men’s Shelter runs January through March. GPBA sponsors this program, and has clothing drives to provide socks, scarves, hats, gloves for shelter guests.
St. George’s Common Table serves a weekly hot lunch to about 125 individuals in need. GPBA sponsors this program, and has held pantry drives to provide essential food and supplies.
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