Gramercy Park is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan focused around Gramercy Park, a private park of the same name between East 20th and 21st Streets at the foot of Lexington Avenue.
"Gramercy" is an Anglicization of "Crommessie", itself derived from the Dutch Krom Mesje, or "Little Crooked Knife," the name of a small brook, Crommessie Vly that flowed in a deep gully along what is now 21st Street into the East River at 18th Street.
Gramercy Park's boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south, First Avenue to the east, 23rd Street to the north, and Park Avenue South to the west. Recently, real estate agents and developers have expanded the use of the name to extend its northern boundary into the less prestigious Murray Hill section of Midtown at around 30th Street. To the west of Gramercy Park is the Flatiron District and Union Square, to the south the East Village, to the east are Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, two large red-brick middle-class residential tower projects located between First Avenue and the FDR Drive, and to the northeast is Kips Bay.
Gramercy Park is generally perceived to be a quiet area, safer than many other parts of the city. The park for which the neighborhood is named, Gramercy Park, is a private park, one of only two in New York City, to which only people residing around the park who pay an annual fee have a key. The public is otherwise only allowed in the park one day a year. More...