The elder brother of Abraham Lincoln’s assassin stands, dressed as Prince Hamlet, in the center of Manhattan’s last private park, surrounded by some of the city’s finest surviving private houses from a time before our Civil War. O. Henry scribbled some of his tales in a booth at a nearby bar and Stanford White (when his wife was out of town) carried on in another. New York’s celebrated diarist George Templeton Strong described life in the city as he gazed out over the American elms behind the grand wrought iron fence and gents imagined the Atlantic Cable that would link the city with the world. Wonderful tales abide and abound around this amazing survivor from another time-Gramercy Park. Come and see a remarkable place as this precious fragment of old New York awakens to its 175th spring.
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