GPBA's 20th Anniversary - A look back in history 

The Gramercy Park Block Association
The Administrative Arm of the Gramercy Park Trust
Photo: Sean Brady

 

Gramercy Park is a private park created in 1831 under a deed established by Samuel B. Ruggles. It is cooperatively owned by the owners of the 39 buildings occupying the original Lots which surround the Park and is managed by the "Park Trust" which consists of five lifetime Trustees. The conditions of Ruggles' original 1831 deed still govern the Park today. Its provisions include an annual assessment imposed on each of the Lots to cover annual operating expenses and capital improvement projects, including maintenance, horticultural plants and bulbs, tree/shrub planting and care, supplies, repairs and restoration. Park keys are annually provided to the Lot Owner buildings on each of the surrounding Lots.


 

Photo: Sean Brady

Photo: Sean Brady


Ruggles could not have imagined that his small residential community of Lot owners would eventually be home to over 2,000 residents. Nor could he have envisioned that Gramercy Park would be at the center of some of the densest neighborhoods and most desirable real estate in the world.
The Gramercy Park Block Association manages both the care of the Park that Ruggles envisioned in his original 19th Century deed as well as 21st Century quality of life, preservation and legal issues that he could not have predicted 183 years ago. 

 

The GPBA works hand-in-hand with the Park Trustees and handles the administration and management of the Park.  While the Trustees pay for the physical care and assets of the Park, the GPBA houses the administrative offices and files for the Park Trust, and is responsible for the following:   
 

  • Managing Trustee communications to Lot Owners, managing agents and residents; community and public relations; database management of Lot Owner information.
  • Acting as the liaison between the Park and various city agencies, such as the New York City Police Department, the Department of Transportation, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Department of Sanitation and others.
  • Managing the annual Lot Owner assessments,managing distribution of hundreds of Park keys and responding to personal key requests, working with the buildings and managing agents on keeping updated lists of Lot Owners and tenants, handling press requests and much more.
  • Raising funds for Park landscaping improvement projects.
  • Organizing a variety of annual and seasonal Trustee-sponsored events in the Park
Photo: Sean Brady

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Sean Brady

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Sean Brady

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Sean Brady

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Alex Nguyen

Photo: Sean Brady



Photo: Sean Brady


Photo: Sean Brady
Photo: Sean Brady