New York Alarm Dealer to Secure Mayor's Residence

A New York electronic security company was sawarded contract to protect New York City Mayor’s residence “Gracie Mansion”. New York Merchants Protective Company, Inc. of Freeport, N.Y., was chosen yesterday to provide the security alarm for the nationally known residence.

New York Merchants Protective Company, in business since 1910, is a private, family-run operation with a prominent position in the New York market. The company enjoys a reputation for excellence and customer service that affords the company the ability to work on this type of contract. New York Merchants operates it own UL listed central monitoring center and is one of only a hand full of FDNY approved companies allowed to monitor fire alarm systems within the borders of New York City.

After an extensive review by the New York City Police Departments Intelligence Division New York Merchants was chosen as the sole provider of all electronic protection for the 207-year old mansion. It should be noted that this in not the first such contract for New York Merchants. The company provides service for almost every city agency and is the contractor of choice when service and reliability is the prime concern.

Gracie Mansion stands in Carl Schurz Park above Hell Gate, a roaring stretch of water where the Harlem River, East River, and Long Island Sound meet. This 18th century house is now the official residence of the Mayor of New York City.

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the City. Financial failure forced Gracie to sell his house to Joseph Foulke in 1823, and in 1857, the house came into the possession of Noah Wheaton. The City of New York appropriated the estate in 1896, incorporating its 11 acres of grounds into the newly formed Carl Schurz Park.

After decades of use as a concession stand and restrooms for the park, Gracie Mansion was restored and became the first home of the Museum of the City of New York. When it moved to a larger building, Gracie Mansion became a historic house museum run by the Parks Department. Parks Commissioner Robert Moses convinced City authorities to designate it as the official residence of the Mayor, and in 1942, Fiorello LaGuardia moved in.

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