These days, it’s no big deal to live in the relatively affordable Gramercy Park neighborhood. But to live on or face the park, well, such proximity gets pricey. With only so many properties that make up the perimeter of the tree-lined, treasured park, it almost seems as though someone has to either divorce or die in order to get dibs on a view.
My current favorite address is 36 Gramercy Park East. As the newest property to be restored in all its historic glory — and the only condo to face the park — the fantastic Gothic architecture is the block’s latest envy. The white terra cotta facade is extraordinary with two life-size, silver-armored knights yielding axes standing guard at the grandiose, ornate entry. The condos inside don’t disappoint either. A half-floor scores 2,000 square feet, and the full floors boast a dazzling 5,000 square feet. There are also one- and two-bedroom guest apartments available for purchase.
– Shira Levine is a freelance writer living in New York City.
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