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SVA's Guide to NYC: Gramercy


Manhattan’s Gramercy neighborhood, taking its name from the private, key-holder only park at its center, has long had an association with the arts. The Ashcan School artist Robert Henri once lived and had a studio at 10 Gramercy Park South, and fellow painter George Bellows also lived on the street. While today you’re more likely to spot a celebrity outside the Gramercy Park Hotel, there’s still plenty of culture and flavor in Gramercy.

Here are a few of our favorite things to see, do and taste in the neighborhood, with help from SVA students and alumni who shared their favorite NYC places.

10 Things to Do in Gramercy:

Get cultured at the National Arts Club – 15 Gramercy Park South

Founded in 1898, the National Arts Club is a private, members-only club housed in a historic 19th-century building on the south side of Gramercy Park (located just two doors down from SVA’s Gramercy Residence Hall), but the club’s four galleries are open to the public, and exhibitions rotate monthly.

Explore the amenities at the 24th Street Residence – 340 East 24th Street (on the corner of First Avenue)

SVA’s newest residence hall (more information and photos here) is equipped with many outstanding features, including a fitness center, screening room, yoga center, communal terrace, and more. While you're there, check out the College's new two-story Welcome Center, located on the ground floor and lower level of 342 East 24th Street.

Save at Vintage Thrift – 286 Third Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd streets)

Whether you are looking for vintage clothing, housewares, jewelry or knick-knacks, Vintage Thrift has just about everything at the highest quality.

Become a wizard at Modern Pinball NYC – 362 Third Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets)

With an unrivaled selection of games—from Game of Thrones to Star Trek to classics such as Captain Fantastic and Gorgar—Modern Pinball NYC is a destination for pinball masters and novices alike. (Students receive a 10% discount on admission!)

Stock up at Nuthouse Hardware – 202 East 29th Street (between Second and Third avenues)

Located on the northern reaches of the neighborhood, Nuthouse is the only 24-hour hardware store in New York City. Perfect for late-night fabricators, tinkerers and home remodelers.

Visit the SVA Gramercy Gallery – 209 East 23rd Street (between Second and Third avenues)

One of SVA’s three galleries across New York City, the SVA Gramercy Gallery hosts an array of exhibition all year long. Stop by to see "Tales from the Crit," presented by BFA Illustration, on view through Saturday, September 9. And check SVA's calendar of events for more exhibitons at the gallery through the fall.

Because fashion at the Dover Street Market – 160 Lexington Avenue (on the corner of 30th Street)

For fashion lovers, Dover Street Market is a multi-level space dedicated to the latest in fashion trends and haute couture.

Stay organized at Jam Paper – 135 Third Avenue (between 14th and 15th streets)

An office supply smorgasbord, Jam Paper has every variety of notebook, paper stock, pen and marker, folder, and more.

Have a laugh at The Stand – 239 Third Avenue (between 19th and 20th streets)

Featuring established and up-and-coming comedians every night of the week, The Stand is the area’s go-to standup club. There’s also a full restaurant upstairs.

NeueHouse – 110 East 25th Street (between Lexington and Park avenues)

A private community for innovators in film, design, fashion, branding, architecture, and other creative fields, NeueHouse also hosts public events on current events, the arts and other topics.

Five Local Eats:

Pushcart Coffee – 362 Second Avenue (between 21st and 22nd streets)

Located near SVA’s east side locations, Pushcart is a perfect spot to grab a coffee to-go or linger between classes. “I love it because their hot drinks are always the perfect temperature,” says Veronica Agarwal (BFA 2016 Cartooning).

Lamarca – 161 East 22nd Street (on the corner of Third Avenue)

Described by Jieun Yoon (BFA 2016 Design) as “SVA’s soul food,” Lamarca serves up a variety of pasta styles and sauces, as well as other Italian staples. It’s also a great spot for professor sightings, says Yoon.

Rolf’s – 281 Third Avenue (on the corner of 22nd Street)

A German restaurant famed for its over-the-top holiday décor, Rolf’s is a unique setting with an ambiance like no other. What better place to celebrate Oktoberfest?

Midwinter Kitchen – 327 Second Avenue (on the corner of 19th Street)

Serving comfort food sustainably sourced from the restaurant’s local farm in upstate New York, Bridget Badore (BFA 2013 Photography) recommends the chicken entrée, with roman gnocchi, chard and maitake mushrooms.

Gramercy Tavern – 42 East 20th Street (between Park and Fifth avenues)

Treat yo’self.

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