On Christmas Eve, you won’t need a key to get into the exclusive Gramercy Park.
The usually resident-only garden, located between East 20th and 21st Streets in Manhattan, will open its gates for one hour on Monday, Dec. 24 for caroling in the park.
The event, hosted by The Gramercy Park Block Association, will feature the choir from the nearby Parish of Calvary-St. George's. The caroling will be led by GPBA President Arlene Harrison and Rev. Tom Pike, who are two of the park's trustees.
“Everyone is welcome,” said Harrison, who is also dubbed “the mayor” of Gramercy Park. “We love our neighbors at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village and invite the community to join us.”
The annual Christmas Eve event draws more than 1,000 people to Gramercy Park.
“People from all over the world come for the event. Some even make it a tradition to come to New York for the holidays and join us every year for caroling,” Harrison added.
There are about 400 keys to the ultra-exclusive park. Only the owners of the 39 lots surrounding the park can purchase a key, while guests of the Gramercy Park Hotel can gain access to the park during their stay.
However, if you want to experience the exclusivity of the park (even just for an hour), show up early, dress warm and bring a flashlight.
By Amber James