Within the city of New York one of the most stunning places to pay a visit to has to be Gramercy Park (1831). This beautiful parkland with thousands of trees has a long and fairly well documented history beginning around the 1800's. Originally the area was little more than an expanse of marshy ground until a lawyer Samuel Ruggle had a vision to develop it into something really special. He designed a generously sized iron gated enclosure, intended as somewhere affluent families would wish to live, containing an abundance of native plants and forestry. The wonderfully landscaped plot, originally a swamp, was skilfully drained, landscaped and divided into 66 individual acreages with dwellings suitable for those wishing for a peaceful exclusive lifestyle. The clever and originative layout is imagined to be a primary and very early influence on all future city planning. The overall appearance of this incredible park and architecture has changed quite a bit since its initial construction. As the park grew in popularity, the community established various churches, associations and retail outlets. Around the year 1881 the American inventor Thomas Edison famously rented an apartment in the south side of Gramercy Park along with his wife and daughter. In 1863 the park was officially opened to some of the brave dedicated soldiers who had fully protected it from harm during the Civil war. By 1966 the NY City Landmarks Preservation Commission decided to recognize and nominate this specific park as a Historic District.
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