Gramercy Park packed on Christmas Eve

Photos by Ira Fox

By Sabina Mollot

On Christmas Eve, carolers came from far and wide to celebrate the evening at Gramercy Park. Christmas Eve is the one day of the year when the gated park is open to the public, and Arlene Harrison, president of the Gramercy Park Block Association and park trustee, estimated that there were over 1,000 people in attendance. Some, however, couldn’t fit into the park where police were manning two open gates.

“Everyone eventually got in, but the park was packed and (police) said no one was complaining,” Harrison said. “Everyone seemed very delighted to be there.”

Harrison, the park’s unofficial mayor, added that she’d received hundreds of emails in recent weeks from people in other countries saying they were coming to the city specifically to carol in the park.

Some came from Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Israel, England, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico and China.

“We were thrilled to welcome our neighbors from all over the world,” Harrison said.

The event was sponsored by the park trustees and organized by the GPBA’s events committee. Calvary-St. George’s music director, Kamel Boutros, led the caroling.

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