Today — Gramercy Park open for one hour — only happens once a year

If you’d like to get into Gramercy Park and don’t have a key, this afternoon is your only shot till next year.

Gramercy Park will open its gates to all on Christmas Eve


For one hour, the very exclusive park will welcome regular folksBy Ameena Walker Updated Dec 23, 2019, 1:55pm EST

It may not be easy to get into Gramercy Park, but for one single hour on Christmas Eve, the exclusive green space will be open to all—no key required. As it’s done in years past, the Gramercy Park Block Association will host an hour of caroling within the park, allowing the any and everyone access to what’s normally one of the city’s most exclusive enclaves.

The caroling event, an annual park tradition, will be held on December 24, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and will be led by the park’s trustees Arlene Harrison and Rev. Thomas Pike.

And that’s all well and good, but it’s also the one chance most New Yorkers get each year to enter the ritzy, normally off-limits space. There are only 400 keys that grant entry to the park, so unless you’re one of the lucky few—or know someone who is—you’re pretty much screwed. Except on Christmas Eve, apparently.

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