Founded in 1912, Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, Inc., is one of the oldest community groups in New York City.
GNA is dedicated to enhancing the aesthetic qualities and historic character of the Gramercy neighborhood and to developing a sense of community.
We are committed to an ongoing dialogue and exchange of ideas and opinions among the Board, membership and neighbors to support our mutual goals.
We communicate actively on issues that impact the quality of our lives, through membership and participation in community organizations.
The current GNA Board President is Alan Krevis.
PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS
GNA undertakes many neighborhood activities and projects that we feel will further enhance the neighborhood itself and quality of life of the Gramercy residents.
We are dedicated to preserving and developing the neighborhood – we work with residents, other community groups and the City of New York on issues affecting the quality of life in the neighborhood; we host clean and green events around the neighborhood to keep the neighborhood pristine and safe; and we enhance the aesthetic quality of the neighborhood by sponsoring projects like the Bishop Crook Lampposts seen around the neighborhood. In addition, GNA helps support local businesses and neighborhood schools by sponsoring events that help promote their development and future growth. Lastly, we host fun events throughout the year for our neighbors, like our popular Canine Parade and Annual Art Show each year.
Community Partnerships, Boards, Councils, Alliances
School of the Future (127 E. 22nd St.)
PS 40 (319 E. 19th St.)
Epiphany Library (228 E. 23rd St.)
Community Board 5
Community Board 6
13th Police Precinct’s Community Council
NYC Landmarks and Historic Districts Council
NYC Mayor’s Office
NYC Parks & Rec
Union Square Partnership
NYC Public Schools
GNA’s accomplishments are varied, many of which involve safety and quality of life.
In the 1990s, GNA fostered the creation of the East 17th Street/Irving Place Historic District and the extension of the Gramercy Park Historic District. GNA also worked with other coalitions on the landmarking of Scheffel Hall, Union Square Savings Bank, Century Association Club House, Russell Sage Foundation and the Guardian Life Building. We are presently working to have the former Tammany Hall and the Guardian Life Annex designated as landmarks.
Over the past 12 years, GNA has organized the removal of all 40 modern cobrahead lampposts in the Gramercy Park historic district, and their replacement with historic bishop’s crook lampposts, at an aggregate cost of more than $100,000. GNA raised all of the funds from donors throughout the Gramercy community. GNA completed that project in 2004, when the final 16 bishop’s crook lampposts were installed.
GNA has improved our neighborhood by working with politicians to sponsor a law regulating the location, use and repair of newspaper boxes; the Department of Transportation (DOT) and police to improve traffic flow and neighborhood signage; the Flatiron Alliance to successfully discourage the Union Square BID from expanding into the Gramercy and Flatiron neighborhoods. The BID expansion would have imposed substantial additional assessments upon residential and business owners.
GNA has also funded the publication of two books on Gramercy history:
Gramercy: Its Architectural Surroundings, by Andrew Scott Dolkart
Gramercy Park: An Illustrated History of a New York Neighborhood, by Stephen Garmey (out of print)