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Get to Know Gramercy Park from a Local Expert

By Alan Krevis, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

I have had the privilege of living in Gramercy Park since 1989. I’ve lived in the same building since I moved there, but in three different apartments!

I’m also the President of the Gramercy Neighborhood Association. We work with local schools, businesses, and organizations to put on events throughout the year. Our biggest is the Taste of Gramercy festival, which showcases over two dozen local restaurants.

Needless to say, I know my neighborhood well, and I’d love to share what makes it so special.

Gramercy provides the experience of a serene, small-town neighborhood in the heart of vibrant Manhattan. There are plenty parks, tree-lined streets, and local mom-and-pop stores to explore.

Here are some of my favorite local businesses:

  • Warshaw Hardware has been family-owned for three generations.

  • Caffé Panna has the best gourmet ice cream around. My favorite flavor is Red Flag, made with sweet cream ice cream, strawberry swirl, and house-made graham cracker crunch.

  • For authentic Italian, try Paul and Jimmy’s. I highly recommend the shrimp parmigiana with ziti in garlic and oil.

One of my favorite weekend activities is visiting the Union Square Market to stock up on fresh flowers and produce. I also enjoy reading a book or newspaper in Stuyvesant Park during the Spring and summer months.

When you visit the neighborhood, be sure to take a stroll down Block Beautiful, a picturesque tree-lined street with an eclectic assortment of impeccably maintained townhomes.

Whenever I take walk down that street, it reminds me of how lucky I am to live in my neighborhood.

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