Aby Rosen ruined the Gramercy Park Hotel and got away with it

Madonna, the Rolling Stones and John F. Kennedy slept there. Hunter S. Thompson hosted drug orgies in his room. And Humphrey Bogart married his first wife on the rooftop terrace in 1926.

But the storied Gramercy Park Hotel is now shuttered, mired in a bitter legal battle between two of the biggest titans of Manhattan real estate, and it’s not clear if it will ever reopen.

“We have a good relationship with the [Gramercy Park] hotel and we are sorry to see the restaurant on the ground floor closed,” said Ben Hartley, executive director of the National Arts Club, which