The Gramercy Park Historic District / Neighborhood Walking Tour
The Tour This walking tour is about two and a half to three hours long and includes the Gramercy Park Historic District and part of its surrounding neighborhood. It is a neighborhood that has a rich 19th and 20th century history of being home to more famous and well known New Yorkers than any other Manhattan neighborhood. It was created in the early part of the 19th century, as an exclusive neighborhood for well to do New Yorkers - and exists to this day, as one of Manhattan's most desirable neighborhoods. The History This picturesque historic neighborhood attracts admirers in search of remnants of a grander era. They admire the Players Club, The National Arts Club. Teddy Roosevelt's childhood home and they realize that they are walking down the streets and passing the homes where famous 19th and 20th century writers, artists and powerful politicians lived and worked. The People To name some of them: Humphrey Bogart, Stanford White, Joseph P. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, O. Henry, Elsie de Wolfe, Elizabeth Marbury, Samuel Tilden, Edwin Booth, John Barrymore, Thomas Edison, Jimmy Cagney, Margaret Hamilton, John Carradine, Robert Henri, Jimmy Fallon, Oleg Cassini, Theda Bara, Lincoln Kirstein, George Wolfe, Ida Tarbell, Elinor Wylie, William Rose Benet, Robert Winthrop Chanler, George Bellows and there are more. To Sum Up.... The walking tour has 26 stops that include 10 New York City landmark buildings, 3 national landmarks and a walk down "Block Beautiful" and includes history and architecture along with interesting pictures and stories to help unite us with the neighborhoods past.
Alfred Pommer is an author, a college graduate and a native of New York City. He worked for the New York City Parks Department for 25 years (15 years as a supervisor). Fascinated by the city’s history and architecture, he decided to share his passion with others and started to organize walking tours in the early 1990s. As a true passionate of New York City, Alfred collects photographs and anecdotes of the spots he enjoys the most. He is the author of four Manhattan guide books “Exploring the Original West Village”, “Exploring New York's SoHo”, "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" and "Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square". Alfred Pommer has an author's page at amazon .com (http://Amazon.com/author/alfredpommer)
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