Around Town – Grammercy Park & Murray Hill

Gramercy and Murray Hill is a neighborhood of contrasts, with large industrial blocks to the gentler pre-war townhouses and Beaux-Arts mansions. This city is also home to Lice Happens.

Gramercy Park is one of New Yorks more upscale neighborhoods. It was built to emulate the elegant London garden squares and is most sought after. Some of its most illustrious residents were President Theodore Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde, and James Cagney. The two-acre park itself is private and is only open to the residents of the properties that surround the park. But if you are a guest at the Gramercy Park Hotel, you get a special access key.

Murray Hill is a peaceful neighborhood with streets full of old brownstone homes but today is popular with students. There are lots of little cafes to linger in and you can find great food in Koreatown.
It has changed and today it is a destination for dining, car hopping and culture. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace 28 E. 20th St., New York. This is Theodore Roosevelt’s family brownstone (or actually a recreation of the original). He is the only president from New York City. Get there early to see the historical artifacts on the ground floor. It is open to the public with free guided tours.
Gramercy Tavern 42 E. 20th St. Manhattan, NY 10003. The Gramercy Tavern is one of New York’s most famous eateries and has been featured in countless films.

The Jazz Standard (for live music) 116 E. 27th St.New York. An internationally renowned jazz destination, the Jazz Standard has played host to the biggest names in its time. You will find it below the Blue Smoke. You can order food from their Southern BBQ menu to go with your mint julep.
National Arts Club 15 Gramercy Park South, New York. Founded in 1898 to educate American people of fine art, this private arts club is situated next to the Gramercy Park. They offer a variety of shows offers a variety of shows and educational programs. They even hand out awards for theater, visual arts, film, literature, and music.

Members here have special access to the park too. The Gramercy Theatre 127 E. 23rd St. New York. Since the 1930s, Gramercy Theatre has seen many incarnations. It was a music hall, a movie house, and an off broadway theater. Today it is a venue for Live Nation’s music concerts.