NYC Social Tray Stops at Gramercy Park Hotel Clearance Sale

The hottest place to see this week was the Gramercy Park Hotel clearance sale.

The legendary hotel – which housed guests including Madonna, the Rolling Stones and John F. Kennedy – closed during the pandemic, and an auctioneer held a one-day sale of its furniture, fixtures and fittings .

We’re told nightlife impresario Nur Khan – the creative director of the celebrity-friendly Rose Bar in the first decade of the century – was among the souvenir hunters. He launched a legendary concert series there which saw performances by Axl Rose, the Black Keys and Liza Minnelli.

Mercer Street Hospitality CEO John McDonald, event planner Bronson Van Wyck and Avenue magazine editor Peter Davis were also seen browsing the items for sale, which included everything from tables, from desks, lamps and chairs to umbrellas.

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The place has hosted a number of parties, this one for Pride, with designer Christian Siriano front and center.
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The items would be between $25 and $2,500.

The history of the place will not be forgotten. The rooftop was the location of Humphrey Bogart’s wedding to his first wife, while Bob Dylan, David Bowie, the Clash and Blondie also stayed there.

Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson allegedly staged drug-fueled orgies there.

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There were a number of concerts held at the Rose Bar.
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In 2009, Page Six spotted Anne Hathaway “smoking cigarettes and playing pool” at the bar.

Our spies saw Derek Jeter courting his now-wife Hannah Davis there, and in 2018 we caught Lady Gaga giving a surprise performance.

The hotel, which opened in 1925, was built where writer Edith Wharton and architect Sanford White once lived. Herbert Weissberg bought it in 1958 and ran it until a year before his death in 2003.

It was purchased by Aby Rosen and Ian Schrager. In 2010, Schrager sold his stake to Rosen.

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