1. Gramercy Park Added Regulations Over the Years

In 2004, the rules of Gramercy Park were amended for the first time since 1905, bumping up the regulation count from 15 to 22. Some of the stricter rules include no beach attire and no ball playing. Jogging is also limited to “graveled areas or other areas designated by the Trustees.” (See more rules here.) According to Arlene Harrison, the president of the Gramercy Park Block Association, the green space is meant to serve as an ornamental park, reserved for quiet relaxation and meditation. The gate, she argues, is there to protect the plants – not to keep people out as some disgruntled New Yorkers like to believe.

Next, peek inside The Players Club: Gramercy’s Members-Only Theater Club and See Inside the Private Gramercy Park.