Gallivanting Around Gramercy in NYC

Marina Chetner

Gramercy has a distinctive appeal: the neighbourhood feels so European, reminiscent even, of Barcelona with its wrought-iron balconies, greenery, Gothic architecture and relaxed vibe. Located only a blocks away from the hustle of Park Avenue and the bustle of Union Square, Gramercy makes for a peaceful enclave in an otherwise busy part of Manhattan.

There’s a lot of history here, mixed with intrigue and a dash of bohemia. Bordered by 14th and 23rd streets, and 1st and Park Avenues, Gramercy’s grid was traversed by Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt and Washington Irving, who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Irving Place, which runs between 3rd and Park Avenues, is lined with great dining spots – from the coffee underworld of 71 Irving Place to Casa Mono by Mario Batali. This street leads to the heart of the Gramercy neighbourhood, its park.

Oh, and Oscar Wilde lived on the corner of…

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