“Gramercy Park is now one of the brightest stars in a firmament of sparkling, rejuvenated neighborhoods around and below 23rd Street…”
— The New York Times, August 14, 2005
200 E 16 Street is located in the southeast section of Gramercy Park, Manhattan’s oldest residential neighborhood, and one of its most picturesque. The area is known for tree-lined streets and elegant row houses that now share the landscape with 1960s era high rises, renovated loft spaces and new luxury towers. The neighborhood takes its name from the two-acre gated park (between E 20 and E 21 Street, and Park Avenue South and Third Avenue), which is the last of the city’s private parks; only residents living around the park have access. Closer to 200 E 16 is Stuyvesant Park, and Union Square is just a few blocks away. The area also includes two historic districts, the East 17th Street/Irving Place Historic District and the Gramercy Park Historic District.
Gramercy Park is home to many fine restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Café, Craft, Blue Water Grill and Café Mono, and plenty of casual neighborhood establishments with sidewalk cafes and bars, including historic Pete’s Tavern on Irving Place. For food shopping, residents can also take advantage of Union Square’s Greenmarket, Whole Foods, and Food Emporium.
All in all, the neighborhood is vibrant and bustling with activity, with plenty of offerings for young professionals and families, but it still maintains a serenity and elegance of the past.