Settling into a new home can be a process for anyone, but for those lucky enough to call 88 & 90 Lexington home, there’s so much to explore nearby that the change of scenery is hardly a sacrifice. Gramercy and the surrounding neighborhoods have long been some of Manhattan’s most enviable enclaves, offering a rare mix of cultural opportunities, shopping, nature, and nightlife in one stunning and central location.
If your next home is at 88 and 90 Lex, here’s how to best enjoy your new surroundings:
Take a stroll around Madison Square Park
An untapped gem, Madison Square Park is as beautiful as any of the city’s more prominent green spaces, but never seems to draw much of a crowd. Enjoy the park’s beautiful walking paths, surrounded by lush landscaping, the eyecatching Worth Monument, or, if your visit takes place during the holidays, check out the massive Christmas tree that makes an appearance in the park each December.
Check out the Union Square Greenmarket
If you’re feeling peckish, you’ve picked the right neighborhood to call home. Just blocks from 88 & 90 Lex is the Union Square Greenmarket, one of the city’s best farmer’s markets and home to some of New York’s premier artistic talent. Enjoy some live music, check out the artists selling their wares, and stock up on farm fresh produce, fresh-baked bread and pastries, and cheese from local farms.
Catch a performance at The Gramercy Theater
This top-tier performance venue is right in your back yard if you’re lucky enough to call 88 & 90 Lex home. Bands like Bowling For Soup, Fishbone, and Alex & Nat Wolff all have upcoming gigs at this unique performance space, so get yourself some tickets and check out the best and brightest talent of the music world.
Grab some food at Eataly
If all the dancing you’ve just done to your favorite band’s set has made you work up an appetite, head to Eataly for something to nosh on. This restaurant and market combo have plenty to tempt even the pickiest eaters, from fresh fish to handmade cheese and pasta. If you’d prefer to eat in than take your food to go, grab a table at Baita, Eataly’s rooftop restaurant, where you can enjoy dishes like polenta with Sicialian anchovies, butter, and sage, and beer-braised pork shoulder with an apricot glaze accompanied by apples and celery root drizzled in a mustard vinaigrette.
Play a few rounds at SPiN
You don’t have to hit the gym to burn off the calories you added to your diet at Eataly — just hit up SPiN. This hipster hotspot on 23rd between Madison and Park is New York’s premier – possibly only — place to play ping pong with the who’s who of the downtown social scene. From actors to comedians to the club’s co-owner Susan Sarandon, you never know who you’ll run into at this unique venue.
End the night with a drink at the Gramercy Park Hotel
If you want the night to go on just a little bit longer, round it out with a nightcap at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar. This elegant fireplace-lit watering hole is just the right place to end a long day with a perfectly mixed Manhattan or martini before heading home.
No matter how you choose to spend your day, there are few neighborhoods with the wealth of opportunities for fun that Gramercy has to offer. From playing ping pong to taking a stroll through your local park, there’s never a dull moment in this charming neighborhood.