Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #447

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.


See article below.

October 2013

All Keyed Up 
Are the Zeckendorf Brothers and Robert A. M. Stern re-creating the magic of 15 Central Park West on Gramercy Park?  
by C.J. Hughes
"Both uptown and downtown projects also benefit from park views. At 18 Gramercy, they are of the formal French-style Gramercy Park, whose two sylvan acres, laid out in 1831, feature mature trees, gravel paths, and a Calder sculpture. Getting inside, though, isn't easy.  The park's wrought iron gates are locked, and only those who live around its perimeter can have keys, each of which costs $350 a year. (As a goodwill gesture, the Zeckendorfs have offered to pick up the tab for the first year, as well as supply 18 Gramercy's doormen with four keys to be shared."
"If 18 Gramercy does end up hiking up property values in the area, neighbors might have Arlene Harrison, who proudly touts her name as the park's "mayor," to thank.  Several years ago, at a lunch at Maialino, Harrison met with Will Zeckendorf to urge him to outbid other developers for 18 Gramercy, and won him over, she says. "I loved what he did at 15 Central Park, and he was assembling the same team," she recalls. "I said, 'You have to be here!'"
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