GRAMERCY PARK (Third Avenue to Park Avenue South, 14th to 23rd Streets)
Exclusive, Old World, pristine, these are the words used to describe the tranquil Gramercy neighborhood. Of course, most exclusive of all is the real estate surrounding Manhattan's only private green oasis, Gramercy Park. To those victors belong the keys; no one else may enter. Along the avenues, there is commerce and taller post-war buildings but it is the verdant residential only side streets graced with town houses, mansions, even the odd carriage house, meticulously restored and maintained, that imparts that Old World milieu. If you want night life you will need to leave this precinct.