Among all the horrors and sadness of the covid lockdowns, one smaller tragedy was that many iconic hotels were driven out of business. One of these was the historic Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Once home to original art from icons like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst, the Gramercy Park Hotel had been on the decline, but the pandemic put the nail in its coffin.
Since the hotel is no more, its insides have been gutted and are now being sold in a massive, "everything must go" liquidation sale. NYC TikToker @mikenouveau went to check it out.
This is really tragic. This hotel was known for its bohemian atmosphere and once hosted iconic guests like David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and even a young John F Kennedy. Now, this historic location is being completely cleaned out, another casualty of the pandemic and its economic impact.
The sight saddened a lot of viewers and welled up tons of emotions. "Breaks my heart. Spent many Xmas eves there, and always such a beautiful stay" reminisced @dreleu. "This hotel was ICONIC I can’t stand seeing it like this," mourned @montana.blair. "Got engaged at this hotel. Now that I’m divorced this is oddly healing to see lol," @savannahhhayley remarked.
"RIP Rose Bar, your bathroom line was always so long 💔," said @biggeckolover, memorializing the hotel's bar. Yeah... did we mention that people partied pretty hard there? Perhaps those bringing home stuff from the liquidation sale should take precautions, a sentiment which @shoplunarvintage echoed: "I work in commercial design. If you purchased any upholstered/soft items here, please invest in good cleaning. U wouldn't believe what people do…."
Well, we suppose at least some people will come away with some pretty amazing pieces from the hotel (although, as said above, they should probably clean and run a UV light over any furniture before using it). Still, we hate to see such an iconic spot become lost to time. Hopefully, its next tenants will do something great with the space, too.