Oh, to live on Gramercy Park! For over 180 years, a Gramercy Park address has inspired excitement and longing in countless generations of real estate obsessed New Yorkers. Steeped in romance and tradition, this tucked-away jewel-of-a-garden has regally borne witness to endless city intrigues, politics, and scandals. In a city where the landscape shifts before your very eyes, Gramercy Park remains staunchly and unapologetically the same as it ever was. Private. Beautiful. Insular. Desirable. Not a bad racket for one square block of fenced in greenery. For all these reasons and more, we decided to focus our lens on this remarkable neighborhood where the glory of New York City’s past stands shoulder to shoulder with the present. And we’ll bring it all to you in less than four and a half minutes running time! We hope you enjoy it.
Quite a few months ago, we scouted the Brooklyn Army Terminal (or BAT) for a possible new On The Real episode. We were amazed at the hulking immensity of this Cass Gilbert designed fortress and intrigued at what a critical role it played in our nation’s military past. Just an incredibly cool building with a million stories to tell, sitting quietly and without fanfare today on the Brooklyn waterfront. We loved that the BAT has evolved from serving the military industrial complex and today hosts thriving private sector businesses in dozens of different industries.
The cherry on top was that the life story of the Brooklyn Army Terminal dovetails into one of our favorite assertions: that the most consistent narrative of the Big Apple is the one of change. There’s no other place we have seen like the BAT, and it was a real privilege and lots of fun to have an all-access pass to shoot there. We hope you enjoy the results.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be rolling out two new ON THE REAL.| with Jesse & Greg episodes. We’ll hopefully be pulling back the curtain on some of the city’s most interesting and historic places. The first one will be on a particularly cool military installation in Brooklyn and the next will be about the history of one certain private park in New York City. Making these videos has been a colossal exercise in figuring out what we want to talk about and show you (our audience) and in writing, shooting and editing that into something cohesive, informative and hopefully entertaining. The first two attempts at Jesse and me getting our feet wet together can be seen here and here, but my good partner Jesse started doing this a couple of years back with his Turnstile Travels series. Check out this one he did on Soho!
The man is a natural! And with almost 2200 views, god knows how much business he has driven to Rudy’s Music, Despaña and Puro Wine. In any case, Mr. Shafer is a man of talent and I am proud that he and I have partnered up for our future ON THE REAL episodes. Stay tuned!
Greg and I both come from TV and film backgrounds prior to real estate, so we have long talked about wanting to do some video projects about the richness and diversity of property and architecture in the city.
From this idea, a web video concept called “Real Property” was born. In theory, we want it to be about the unique stories of unusual properties (and the folks who inhabited them), as well as the way in which the City continues to evolve. Past meets present in New York City every day and we want to explore that. In practice, we are not quite there yet… but I do believe we get closer with every episode.
Anyway, you be the judge. Here is our first episode of “Real Property with Jesse and Greg.” Don’t be shy in the comments, we welcome your feedback!