New York City, New York audio tour: INFINITE CITY #5: Elevators, Circuses and Quakers in an Urban Oasis

INFINITE CITY #5: Elevators, Circuses and Quakers in an Urban Oasis

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

INFINITE CITY is a series of walking tours exploring New York City in endless detail. This is the fifth tour in the series.

On this twenty-minute tour, we'll walk two loops around a block in the Gramercy Park neighborhood. Each successive trip around the block reveals another layer of information about the people, buildings and trees surrounding you. On the first loop, you’ll hear about the unique history of this block and how it became a private park and an enclave for the wealthy. You’ll hear about the people that have lived here too. Then, on the second loop, we'll explore its extravagant architecture, and the trees that characterize this area.

Join us on a walking tour unlike any other where, by putting this city block under a microscope, you'll learn about:

• New York’s only private park
• The earliest elevator in the city
• The first luxury apartments
• Quakers and the underground railroad

Each tour in the INFINITE CITY series is an accumulation of a particular place’s memories and an obsessive compendium of its often overlooked minutiae. Keep a look out for more tours in the series on VoiceMap’s app soon!

Tour Producer


Akiva Saunders

Akiva Saunders is a New York City teacher who uses technology and software to explore the frontiers of education. He is the chair of Latin at the Latin/Greek Institute, a teacher in the NYC public school system and a founder of Spectacle Theater, a microcinema in Brooklyn now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Major Landmarks

  • Gramercy Park

  • National Arts Club

Directions to Starting Point

This tour begins on the east side of Gramercy Park, at the corner of Gramercy Park East and East 20th street. When you arrive at the park, look for a building with the word "Gramercy" in stone above its entrance; the tour will begin just outside this building. Nearby subways include the 6, R and W lines.

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Places to stop along the way

Gramercy Bagels, Barfly, Plug Uglies bar

Best time of day



Watch out for bicyclists, who may be coming from both directions.


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INFINITE CITY #5: Elevators, Circuses and Quakers in an Urban Oasis