The sedate rectangle of green space that bears the name Gramercy Park is accessible only to residents of the 39 luxury co-ops that overlook Gramercy Park itself -- and even they have to pay for their keys. Gramercy the neighborhood, though, is one of Manhattan's most accessible, elegant and understatedly luxurious neighborhoods. But while Gramercy is defined by the exclusive park that gave the neighborhood its name, and by the lovely pre-war co-ops and townhouses overlooking it, the neighborhood is far greater and more inclusive than Gramercy Park. Along the tree-lined streets of Gramercy are a host of stately pre-war condominiums for sale, and some of the more intriguing new construction condominiums in lower Manhattan are just a few blocks further east. Within the Flatiron District, landmarked buildings have led to conversions of many pre-war buildings into luxurious condos. Whether you have keys to Gramercy Park or not -- and whether you choose to call the neighborhood Gramercy or Gramercy Park -- this much is in-arguably true: the neighborhood bordered on the west by Park Avenue South and the East River on the east, and by 14th Street on the south and 23rd Street to the north, is a true New York gem.
The calm of Gramercy’s shady, sedate streets can be deceiving, though. Luxurious boutiques and shopping are tucked away on its blocks, and Gramercy is also home to a disproportionate number of the city's finest restaurants -- from Michelin-starred New American restaurants and the blockbuster market/restaurant/foodie destination Eataly to unpretentious burger joints (including the famed Shake Shack in Madison Square Park) to equally unpretentious tapas spots (owned, naturally, by acclaimed chefs). Gramercy Park is also rich in charmingly low-key bars and coffee shops. Perhaps surprisingly, Gramercy is also home to one of the city's premier live music venues in the Fillmore at Irving Plaza.
Apartments for sale in Gramercy Park come in many shapes and sizes, but meet the same high standard for gracious living. In their combination of old Manhattan luxury and up-to-date NYC sophistication, the apartments for sale in Gramercy Park function as a sort of microcosm of the neighborhood itself. Stately pre-war luxury condominiums such as 316 East 22nd Street stand just blocks from ultra-modern new construction condominiums like Sky House, Tempo and Gramercy Starck -- designed by, yes, big-ticket architect Philippe Starck. Mass transit, and thus the rest of the city, isn't far away, either -- one of Manhattan's major subway hubs sits beneath Union Square, just a short walk away. There's a lot to discover in Gramercy Park, even if you don't have keys to the Gramercy Park.