The Gramercy has a long history of catering to the famous and wealthy. The Kennedy’s stayed here for months at a time, Humphrey Bogart married his first wife here and Babe Ruth was a regular at the bar.
The hotel has a well known reputation for discretion, and the fact that it had very thick walls. The hotel attracted many musicians including Bob Marley, Debbie Harry, Aerosmith, U2, The Clash and Bob Dylan.
In February 1973 David Bowie had come to New York to promote his “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” album and his next album “Aladdin Sane” which was released by RCA Records on April 13, 1973. His previous American tour lost money so RCA Records booked this hotel instead of the ritzier “Plaza” used the last time around. Bowie and his huge crew took over the third floor of the hotel.
Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Ave
New York NY 10010