By Jordi Lippe-McGraw
There are many cultural highlights during the year in New York City. For fashionistas, it’s Fashion Week. For foodies, it’s Restaurant Week. And for Broadway lovers, it’s, well Broadway Week. But, for art fans, the annual Armory Show is on the top of their list. This year is special, in particular, as it marks the 25th anniversary of when the show first started. While it’s now held at the Chelsea Piers, the show was actually founded at Gramercy Park Hotel.
Back then, four New York art galleries came together to host an international art fair at the Gramercy Park Hotel—this first “hotel-fair” of its kind. Spanning the hotel’s top three floors, The Gramercy International Art Fair, as it was then called, invited a distinct community of international galleries to showcase emerging artists in the hotel’s suites. And though the fair has since moved, you can still check out incredible works of art at the hotel today. In fact, it boasts the largest hotel art collection in New York and one of the most impressive collections in the world with over $50 million worth of art at any given time in the hotel.
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