The Keys to Gramercy Park

The dignified tranquility of Manhattan’s only private park is ensured by the heavy locks on the park’s gates. The park has been functioning as a private front yard for the Gramercy home owners since being gated in the 1830s and locked in 1844. Ever since Mr. Ruggles, a visionary developer, deeded the land, Gramercy Park…

Gramercy Park—from Swamp to Private Park

This charming little park can only be enjoyed from the outside . . . unless you happen to have a key. The general public is welcome to stroll around or stare into the park through the fence but is not allowed in. Gramercy Park has a rare distinction of being the only private park in…

Pete’s Tavern

Pete’s Tavern 129 E 18th St One of the oldest drinking establishments in the city, it’s the birthplace of O. Henry’s famous “The Gift of the Magi” story. Yes, William Sydney Porter, better known to the world by his pen name “O. Henry,” lived nearby at 55 Irving Place. Yes, like so many writers, he…