We are delighted to be welcoming Gramercy Vintage Furniture back to Gramercy Park. Manager Joe Ercolino and Assistant Manager Alex Young, who run the shop now, used to run the former Calvary Church Furniture Thrift Shop on Park Avenue South. During the twenty five years of the shop's existence, these two guys managed it for last thirteen years it was there. There were wonderful neighbors and have a long history of community involvement. Whenever there was someone in need, they were always there to help them out.
Joe and Alex created such a warm welcoming atmosphere at the Calvary shop that it was more like a community center where our neighbors would drop in regularly just to visit with them and browse the shop. For years, people loved buying things for their apartments, and were happy to donate their furniture as well, because they knew it benefitted the church. At that time and for thirty seven years, the church was led by Rev. Tom Pike, who is now a Gramercy Park Trustee and a GPBA Board member.
When the thrift shop left the neighborhood, Tom and I, and lots of our neighbors were certainly sad to see them go. During the time they were gone, Tom Pike and I did everything we could to help them find another location in order to bring them back to our community.
Now that they have opened their new Third Avenue Gramercy Vintage Furniture, I think people will be will excited to see the quality of their furniture and how reasonably priced it is. Besides this, The Gramercy Park Block Association is excited to say that we have just formed a relationship with them, where when people donate furniture items, a percentage will benefit the GPBA and they will get a tax deduction letter.
Joe and Alex are great guys and we wish them the best of luck. We want to encourage our neighbors to shop there so we can help them flourish and remain in the neighborhood. We also want to encourage them to stop in and say hello, and welcome them back to the neighborhood.
-- Arlene Harrison
Pictured from left, Arlene Harrison, President, Gramercy Park Block Association, Alex Young, Assistant Manager, Joe Ercolino, Manager and Tom Pike, Gramercy Park Trustee and Board Member of the Gramercy Park Block Association