4. The Players Club
In 1847, 19th-century Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth, older brother of the notorious John Wilkes Booth, purchased a mansion at 16 Gramercy Park and started The Players Club. The original purpose of the club was twofold: to renew the tarnished Booth name following the assassination of President Lincoln, and to provide a social setting for up-and-coming artists to socialize with society’s elite. Tesla was one of many notable members of the Players Club, which included big names like Stanford White, who built the Gramercy Park mansion, Carol Burnett, Ethan Hawke and Jimmy Fallon.
As members only club, visitors are not allowed to enter. But Untapped Cities is hosting a tour of the Players Club on Friday, July 29, from 6 to 7 pm. Tickets for this exclusive event can be purchased below.