December 9, 2018

December 7, 2018

Residents: WARREN EBERLE

This installment of our noteworthy resident series profiles Warren Eberle, longtime editor of Tudor City View, the monthly neighborhood gazette. This blog owes a great debt to him for inspiring many posts.
Eberle in 1959.

Born in Kansas in 1884, Eberle came to New York after landing a job in real estate advertising. In 1940, he was hired to edit Tudor City View, and stayed with it for nearly 30 years, finally retiring in 1969.

The job was a one-man operation, with Eberle writing all the articles, securing all the ads, and taking most of the photographs. At least his commute was easy: he lived in The Manor and his office was in No. 5.

Although his editorial content accentuated the positive ‒ the magazine was underwritten by the French Company, after all ‒ Eberle was not afraid to tackle community issues.

Among his targets were the air pollution from the Con Ed smokestacks ("a menace to our health"), the Pan Am heliport ("a daily, nerve-wracking din"), anti-Vietnam War protesters ("long-haired, bearded beatniks"), pigeon feeding ("if you must feed the birds, buy a parakeet"), wasting water ("don't flush everything"), and, especially, throwing lit cigarettes out the window ("windows are not ashtrays!")

The magazine folded when Eberle retired in 1969 (at the age of 85), and an era ended.
Eight of the 347 issues of Tudor City View that Eberle edited.

December 5, 2018

The Bride Wore Purple

Tudor Tower wedding ceremony, September 21, 1970.



There have been countless weddings in Tudor City over the last 90 years, but one of the more unconventional ones took place in 1970 on a penthouse terrace atop No. 25.

The groom was Jon Haggins, fashion designer, and the bride, June Murphy, a model. It had been a whirlwind, six-month  courtship. When it came time to set the date, Haggins had a brainstorm, spelled out in the wedding invitation: Jon Haggins is in high spirits because he's going to marry June Murphy and present his holiday, resort and spring collection on the same day!

The hybrid event was held on the penthouse terrace of a Tudor Tower resident who was a friend of the groom. Most of the guests were press people intrigued by the gimmick of a fashion show ending with a wedding. Fashion shows at the time often ended with a bride, but never a real one.

It was the '70s, so the bride and groom both wore purple, she in purple chiffon with a matching scarf, he in a purple shirt and bow tie. The ceremony was Unitarian. At one point the wind caught the bride's long scarf and wrapped it around the couple, which was widely seen as good luck.

It was not a lucky union, however, ending after a year and a half. Years later, Haggins told the Times "we just had different visions." Despite "a bitter divorce," he confessed he "still has a little thing for her. It's something I never got over."

Thank you to David Reiff for the tip.


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REMINDER: The lighting of the enclave's Christmas tree takes place tomorrow night, Dec. 6th, at 6:30 pm in the South Park. This has been an annual Tudor City tradition since 1927, don't miss it!

December 3, 2018

ARTIFACT: 1920 Manhattan Land Atlas

Plate 33, showing the area between Third Ave and the East River, from 42nd to 47th Sts.

Today, a selection from a Manhattan land atlas published by G. W. Bromley & Company in 1920. 

Bromley was a well-known cartographer, and this atlas was a fire insurance map, delineating lot numbers and dimensions, building heights, and construction materials. (In the maps below, pink indicates brick buildings, while yellow signifies wooden ones.) Highly prized today, these fire insurance maps are among the most detailed city maps ever published.

Below, a close-up look at the blocks that would soon become Tudor City. We've tipped in a few street numbers for easier orientation. Click on the maps to enlarge.



Figure One: Atlas detail showing the land that lay between Second Avenue and the East River, between 42nd and 44th Streets. There's plenty of noxious industry along the riverfront at this time thanks to United Dressed Beef, the Lehigh Valley Railroad Freight Station, the NY Veal & Mutton Company, and the New Amsterdam Gas Company. The land today is home to the United Nations.


Figure Two: A closeup of the preceding map showing the area that would later house The Cloister, The Hermitage, The Manor and No. 45. The unfortunately named Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled Children on 42nd Street was later replaced by the Ford Foundation. Three buildings on this map still stand, the rowhouses at 336-338-340 E. 43rd Street.


Figure Three: Showing the area from Second Avenue to the river, between 40th and 42nd Streets. East of First Avenue is the New York Edison steam plant, today the site of a playground, a ventilation building and an enormous vacant lot.


Figure 4: Closeup of the preceding map showing the area that would later be home to Hotel Tudor, The Woodstock, Essex House, the Three H's, No. 2, and No. 5. Two buildings on this map still stand, the Church of the Covenant and the rowhouse at 337 E. 41st Street.

Surprisingly, Prospect Place (today's Tudor City Place) did not exist between 41st and 42nd Street at the time ‒ the map shows a solid wall of buildings from 1st to 2nd Avenue ‒ although the road reappears between 40th and 41st Streets. Following the tear-down of most of these buildings for Tudor City, the French Company made Prospect Place a continuous three-block thoroughfare.

November 29, 2018

TUDOR CITY Meets FOAM RUBBER CITY

A low in the annals of Tudor City‒related advertising, this 1958 ad comes courtesy of Foam Rubber City in Paramus, NJ. It's a pitch for their line of convertible couches, which includes the Tudor City model, a "double-duty, space-saving" piece of furniture available in a choice of "exciting decorator fabrics."
The Tudor City convertible offers "smart-off-the-floor styling, solid walnut construction, a rich hand-rubbed finish, tapered bolsters, and two 100% foam rubber mattresses," all for the marked-down price of $169.95.

November 27, 2018

The INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER and the Battle of the Sexes

Another installment of our ongoing series of Daily News Inquiring Fotographer columns, wherein reporter Jimmy Jemail queries random folks on the street about important issues of the day. Over the years, Jemail interviewed a lot of Tudor Citizens, no doubt because the enclave was just around the corner from his desk in the News Building.

This particular column ran on October 12, 1964, and concerns the battle of the sexes, just as much a hot-button topic then as it is now. Below, resident Samuel Krakower weighs in.

Any questions?