The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City was the headquarters for high bohemia, where artists, adventurers and bonvivants rubbed elbows. Humphrey Bogart was married here. Humorist S.J.Perelman lived here because it reminded him of his native London while being convenient to Third Avenue’s great delis. Legendary Yankee Babe Ruth liked to drink at itsfamous bar, which has retained its bohemian charm over the years, serving as a watering hole to generations of artists, writers and musicians.
It started as two hotels: one owned by William Waldorf Astor, whose 13-story Waldorf Hotel was opened in 1893 and the other owned by his cousin, John Jacob Astor IV, called the Astoria Hotel and opened four years later in 1897, four stories higher.