Gramercy Terrace

High Society

Gramercy Park Hotel's Private Roof Club

You may or may not have heardthere's a new girl in town.

And by girl, we mean spot. And by spot, we mean private members-only rooftop lounge, opening this week. In case you haven't made her acquaintance, it's the new Gramercy Park Hotel Private Roof Club and Garden. Although she's still gun-shy for press at this stage, we bring you a sneak peek: She's a little gem of a beauty, but will be a tough nut to crack.

To reach her, take the wood-paneled elevator to the top of the Gramercy. When the doors slide open, you'll find yourself in a rooftop garden oasis with old school wicker lawn furniture and enough green to announce that it's spring (we've heard a rumor that it is)ivy climbing the trellises, tulips and orange trees budding everywhere and (of course) a rose bush or two.

Inside, a few thoughtfully scattered lounges, plushly fitted with velvet chaises, fireplaces and a lightbulb-forested ceiling, will no doubt host many a casual conversation between, say, Sean Penn and Tina Brown on the merits of transit strikes. Two bars will keep spirits flowing from early opening (6:30 a.m., for those who like to begin their lounging at the crack of dawn) to early closing (things are expected to wind down around midnight). It's a smoother, more relaxed counterpart to its edgier sibling 16 flights below.

Invited members can expect to see invitations trickling in during the next month (or you can try cozying up to co-owner and nightlife guru Nur Khan). But rest assured, you can always partake of this little Roof Club via private events: May we suggest private dinners in the intimate dining room, alongside an art installation of a time-worn medicine cabinet (Vicodin, anyone?).

And maybe we'll see you downstairs afterward.


Gramercy Terrace
2 Lexington
(between 21st and 22nd)
New York, NY, 10010

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