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6 Reasons to Visit NYC's Gramercy

6 Reasons to Visit NYC's Gramercy

Historical, elegant, and birthplace of Teddy Roosevelt, Gramercy houses original NYC architecture and one of the city’s finest parks, Gramercy Park. Largely a residential commune with 150-year-old townhouses, Gramercy envelopes wealthy NYC culture with the quaintness of a smaller city. Featuring the Players Club, Gramercy Park Hotel, and Julia Roberts’ penthouse, once you hang out in this area, you’ll realize why nobody leaves.

Interested in the Gramercy’s underbelly? Here are a few things to try:

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    Beginner Tai Chi -- Vendor no longer offering drop-in classes, only long-term (Mike, 1/29/15)
    Beginner Tai Chi -- Vendor no longer offering drop-in classes, only long-term (Mike, 1/29/15)

    Taiji Union

    In life, you need a balance of tai and chi to achieve perfect harmony, “Supreme ultimate fist.” With origins in 12th Century Chinese culture, tai chi chuan acted as a formative influence to Taoists and Buddhists: Balance health, maintain meditation, and hone martial arts. Part combat, part philosophy, tai chi uses Kung Fu to relax your body to a healthier, stress-free self. And it’s all right around the corner in Gramercy.

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    Sushi Making Basics - Union Square -- vendor closing location (MCK 3/20/15)
    Sushi Making Basics - Union Square -- vendor closing location (MCK 3/20/15)

    Sushi by Simon

    New Yorkers love sushi. You can find it at any Japanese restaurant, Whole Foods, or even cheap bodega around the block. There’s no denying that sushi can be a bit too pricey for most budgets. Really $10 for a tuna roll?! Learn the techniques to make your favorite maki sushi, at an affordable price. You’ll take this knowledge to your apartment and try out your own rolls: Tuna, salmon, maybe a tempura Hamburger Helper roll.

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    Boxing - Trial Class
    Boxing - Trial Class

    Build your biceps. Defend yourself against Gramercy’s toughest resident...Julia Roberts.

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    Beading Crash Course
    Beading Crash Course

    Jewelry box never full enough? In search of a new necklace? Maybe you’re earrings need sprucing? Fill it, with personally made beaded jewelry. You’ll create it all in this one-of-a-kind class. Show off your personal style, telling others, “Oh, this? It’s just (insert name) designed.”

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    Salsa
    Salsa

    Stepping Out Studios

    Dancing is the vertical expression of horizontal desire. No dance encompasses this mentality better than the licentious art of salsa. In the heart of Gramercy, you’ll break a sweat and get in touch with your spicy side--without eating Thai! Finding your Latin flair, you’ll polish off those dancing shoes and shimmy your way across the dance floor. This stuff’s caliente!

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    Basically Baking
    Basically Baking

    Institute of Culinary Education

    Is there a better smell than freshly baked bread in the morning? Seriously, is there? Basically Baking teaches you how to bake extraordinary desserts. Let chocolate chunk scones ripple through the air and fresh hazelnut waft to your nostrils, as you create and taste these delectable ingredients. Basically Baking is, uh, basically the best way to bake in Gramercy. It’s kind of a big deal?

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