Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #81

 

Dear Neighbor,

 

Since so many of you have been calling and e-mailing me, and asking our Park caretaker Amando where I have been, I am writing now to tell you.

 

I have always felt grateful living in this wonderful close-knit community and I have recently experienced this first hand.  

 

A couple of weeks ago, while rushing up the steps of my building at 34 Gramercy Park East, I put my foot down the wrong way and tore a muscle and injured a bone in my knee.  

 

Since the pain was excruciating and I could not take another step, neighbors Betty Trivell and Dr. Michael Stotsky helped carry me to my apartment. Our neighbor Dr. Joe D'Angelo, an orthopedic surgeon who lives at 24 Gramercy Park South, was alerted and immediately came over to give a diagnosis. Soon after, Emergency Service Truck #1 Detectives Pete Quinn and Todd Sessa rushed me to New York Presbyterian Downtown Hospital, where Joe performed emergency surgery.  

 

Within an hour upon my arriving home, Hallie Meyer and Amy Weiss-Meyer, our neighborhood girls who recently sold organic baked goods at their sidewalk bakery The Fish & The Cow, sent over their homeade tarts and granola.  Our friends at Maialino Restaurant sent over my favorite porchetta sandwich and olive oil muffins, and that was just the beginning. Neighbor after neighbor, some with young children, came bearing flowers, chocolates, homemade preserves, best wishes and offers of support.

 

Thanks to the skill of Dr. D'Angelo, and the support of our neighbors, I should be up and about shortly and look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood. I want to thank everyone for what you did to turn this big city neighborhood into a tiny, caring small town.  

 

Warmest regards,  

Arlene Harrison