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Today's Featured Building: 34 Gramercy Park

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34 Gramercy Park is known as the first cooperative in New York City. It was completed in 1883, pre-dating even the Dakota which was completed the following year.

The red brick façade of 34 Gramercy Park
Elliot Willensky and Norval White described 34 Gramercy Park in the book, "The A.I.A. Guide to New York City," (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988) as, "A craggy, mysterious red brick and red terra-cotta pile whose Queen Anne forms are among the city’s most spectacular."

It certainly is an interesting building to view with crags and turret-like corners guarding the light-court entrance, bay window projections, indented corner corners, and several façade projections topped with a few triangular pediments for additional interest.

It began its existence as an apartment building in an era where the higher floors were not considered anymore attractive than the lower ones. Instead, the conventional wisdom of the time was to price all the apartments equally to avoid the formation of a 'caste system' within the structure. Of course that mode of thought has changed today. But it may also have something to do with the new-fangled and somewhat unreliable elevators of the period. Many elevator accidents had been reported in New York City since the first elevator ever, was installed in 1857 in the Haughtout China and Glassware Store on Broadway and Broome Street.[1]

34 Gramercy Park has weathered many winters
Over the years, some of the apartments were combined and others were divided to form different layouts. In its current configuration, it contains 48 suites within its 10 floors.

Another advantage of 34 Gramercy Park is that it overlooks Gramercy Park itself and residents are eligible to get a key to the park gates reserved only for property owners around the park itself. Gramercy Park is the last private park in New York City and it also has a long and storied history.

The neighborhood of Gramercy Park is peaceful and filled with a variety of architectural examples including Neo-Gothic, Greek Revival, and Italianate styles. Zoning restrictions within the area limit building heights to 20 stories preserving the historic three and four story buildings each with their own interesting story to tell.


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