Just east of Union Square, Gramercy Park is a small, quiet residential enclave in the midst of one of the most urban sections of New York City.
In the early 20th century, Gramercy Park was synonymous with luxury. Some of the most prominent New Yorkers (including the Roosevelts) lived in grand houses along the neighborhood's eponymous park. Today, Gramercy Park is a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Manhattan. It still, however, retains an old-world vibe. It's not uncommon to see residents tottering down Irving Place dressed in tweed and loafers. This quiet commercial stretch offers a mix of local shops, corner pubs and classic red sauce joints. As you head further east, the avenues get busier and more generic. Gramercy's side streets are lined with walk-ups and large apartment buildings and are more laid-back than the blocks surrounding the actual park, attracting well-heeled, young professionals looking for a quintessentially nice New York City neighborhood.