May 26, 2019

Strange But True: SCOTCH, THE WONDER DOG

In breaking news, there was some excitement in the colony Wednesday morning after a fire broke out in an apartment in Windsor Tower. 78 firefighters and a fleet of trucks arrived on the scene, quickly containing the fire without any injuries. The FDNY ruled the fire "accidental, caused by cooking."

What made the story newsworthy was its rather unlikely hero, a black terrier schnauzer named Scotch. The sole occupant of the apartment where the fire broke out, Scotch managed to open the window himself, allowing the firefighters to climb up and rescue him. "He does it all the time, he loves to do it," said his owner, Susan Capozzoli. "With his nose, he opens the latch and then he pushes the window out."

A human interest story if there ever was one, Scotch's rescue ‒ via fire ladder ‒ ran in the Post, the News, and on local affiliates of ABC and CBS.

The daring rescue, above. Scotch reunited with his owner, below right.


More about Tudor City and dogs, here

May 22, 2019

Introducing AZALEA & OAK

The former flower shop in Windsor Tower is now home to the just-opened Azalea & Oak, a chic boutique offering a curated selection of reclaimed jewelry and accessories, vintage designer handbags, plus toys and togs for kids. 

This is the first brick-and-mortar location for the company, which has hosted pop-ups around town and has kiosks in Bryant Park's Holiday Shops. We wish it much success!
Above, the shop exudes a groovy downtown vibe. Below, the section set aside for smaller fry. 

May 19, 2019

Here Comes MANHATTANHENGE

Manhattanhenge, the twice-yearly solar event when the sunset perfectly aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan's grid, was discovered (and named) by Neil deGrasse Tyson in 1996. Since then, it's morphed into a popular street party for the Instagram generation.

The Tudor City bridge is a prime vantage point since one does not have to dodge traffic for a direct view of the phenomenon. Here are this year's dates:


Be prepared for massive crowds ‒ bring a stepladder ‒ or consider showing up on the half sun dates, when the scene is a bit less frantic. Below, some photos of Manhattanhenges past.






May 15, 2019

Tudor City on Film: GOTHAM

Today's installment of Tudor City on Film examines an episode of the crime drama Gotham, which ran for five seasons on the Fox network, and is currently streaming on Netflix.

An origin series from DC Comics, it details the rise of James Gordon, future Gotham City Police Commissioner, as well as backstories for Bruce Wayne (future Batman) and classic Batman nemeses like the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. 

Tudor City appears in episode 14 of the first season, with a sequence set on No. 45's roof alongside the Tudor City sign. Renamed via expert F/X, the sign is a natural fit with the production's overall steampunk design.
The sequence begins with a man, tied to a chair with a noose around his neck,
 being tossed off the roof of No. 45. Behind him, the 'Gotham City' sign.

The next morning, the body is examined by the forensics expert.

Police Captain Sarah Essen arrives at the crime scene. 
Upper left, the noose dangling from the sign.

Detective Harvey Bullock brings her up to speed. She warns him to watch his back.

"Don't stand so close to the edge of the roof," she says. "Accidents happen."

Bullock gazes down uncertainly. Cut to next scene.
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Lots more Tudor City in the movies here.

May 12, 2019

REASONS TO LIVE IN TUDOR CITY #63

Four ads from a month-long campaign with the tagline Come Over to Tudor City. They ran in the summer of 1938, hence the emphasis on "tree-lined walks," "grassy lawns" and "breathing space."

May 8, 2019

Drew Leshko, SIGN BUILDER

Introducing Drew Leshko, a Philadelphia-based artist whose sculptures ‒ miniature versions of everything from building facades to newsstands to dumpsters ‒ are made of paper and wood. 

The artist has a penchant for vintage signs, and below, his take on the Tudor City sign, rendered in miniature.

Sign framework, made of paper, paint and basswood.

The finished product. 

For more of Leshko's work, check out his website here

May 5, 2019

INTIMATE SKETCH OF NEW YORK, No. 165

Another drawing of Tudor City by the prolific Vernon Howe Bailey, profiled earlier. Sketch No. 165 was one of 381 drawings the artist made of city street scenes, which were serialized in The Sun. Original caption, below.

Forty-second Street and First Avenue.
The opening of the tunnel on Forty-second Street, west of First Avenue, and modern buildings of Tudor City are shown in the accompanying sketch. The tall building at the left is Tudor Tower and the peak-roofed structure is Woodstock Tower. 
Monday ‒ West Street Scene.


Illustration from the collection of Brian Thompson.