March 3, 2021

Best of Instagram

Today, another group of winners from the talented snappers of Instagram.

 43rd Street, by iphoto_paul.

 Bernie and his mittens, by bfinnyc.

A moody day on 42nd Street, by I.juz.I.

Christmas decorations, by la_vida_kristina. 

A shot of the sign, by shotbyjsim.

February 22, 2021

REAL ESTATE REPORT: What's Your Apartment Worth

Recent Tudor City sale prices via Streeteasy.

Vintage sign in No. 5's lobby
The Cloister 
$700,000, Apt 209, two bedroom
$265,000, Apt 806, studio

Essex House
$860,000, Apt 205, two bedroom
$750,000, Apt 101, two bedroom

Haddon Hall
$999,500, Apt 901C, two bedroom
$925,000, Apt 603C, two bedroom

Hardwicke Hall
$835,000, Apt 201B, two bedroom
$205,000, Apt 205A, studio

Hatfield House   
$305,000, Apt 206, studio
$350,000, Apt 1404A, studio

The Hermitage 
The Hermitage is a rental-only building. Recent monthly rentals:
$4,545, Apt 908, three bedroom
$2,695, Apt 212, two bedroom

The Manor  
$414,884, Apt 1010, one bedroom
$515,000, Apt 117, one bedroom

Prospect Tower, No. 45
$665,000, Apt 1315, one bedroom
$270,000, Apt 212, studio

Tudor Gardens, No. 2
$1,100,000, Apt 7BS, two bedroom
$600,000, Apt 2LS, one bedroom

Tudor Tower, No. 25
$515,000, Apt 2105, one bedroom
$350,000, Apt 2101, studio

Windsor Tower, No. 5
$655,590, Apt 1801, one bedroom
$443,000, Apt 1311, one bedroom

Woodstock Tower
$500,000, Apt 1218, one bedroom
$551,000, Apt 114, one bedroom

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Currently on the market, there are no million dollar listings, although there are two apartments in contract: a $1,500,000 two bedroom in No. 2, and Penthouse 9 in Windsor Tower, which has been been on and off the market for several years, and is now about to be sold for $1,900,000.

February 15, 2021

ARTIFACT: 1929 Postcard Set


Artifact of the day is this set of six postcards, which depict No. 45, No. 25, Prospect Place and the Manor, the South Park, the Coffee House, and The North Park.

Frankly, the cards are nothing special with a muddy sepia and green color palette. But we did find some interesting details, expanded and expounded on, below.





Closeup on the roof of No. 45, mysteriously signless ‒ no doubt because the image is an artist's illustration masquerading as a photograph. The building's weathervane, however, is plainly seen.

The South Park, showing its lich gate. The rockpiles are hazards on the Tudor City's miniature golf course, then in full swing.
Sunlight through the stained glass windows of No. 25's coffee house. 
A lady beneath the pergola contemplates the privet hedge and the topiary.

All the postcards bear the same logo on the back, above. The effusive copy suggests that they were produced by the French Company. 

February 7, 2021

Tudor City Confidential's Greatest Hits, 2020

A year-end roundup of the posts that got the most hits in 2020. Click on the title to read the story.

1. AT LAST. In what seems like eons ago, the Tudor City Sign was restored, with new letters and a new paint job. This was far and away the most read news story of the year.

2. Something to Look Forward to: EAST SIDE ACCESS. Is everybody ready? There will be direct service to Long Island from Grand Central Station beginning December, 2022. 

3. New York Edison's WATERSIDE STATION. A history of the Waterside Station, catty-corner to No. 5. Supplying electricity and steam for 104 years, today it's the site of one of the largest vacant lots in town.

4. O. O. McIntyre Weighs In. McIntyre was a newspaperman who wrote a column about New York (that never appeared in New York). He did like Tudor City, and wrote several columns about it. 

5. Signs of the Times? Graffiti comes to the colony in May, with No. 45 and the granite wall along 42nd Street hard hit. Six weeks later, it is erased when graffiti removal is again allowed.

6. #ClapBecauseWeCare. A community comes together nightly to applaud essential workers, especially those who care for hospitalized Covid-19 patients.

7. Views from the Bridge, 1933. The view west, in some handsomely tinted photos.

8. Residents: GLADYS PARKER. Resident of the year was Gladys Parker, whose cartoon character Mopsy ran in 300 newspapers at its peak.

9. Tudor City's Roof Restaurant, Revisited. A followup to an earlier story about Tudor City's sole attempt at rooftop dining. 

10. Woodstock Wildlife. A cataloging of the wildfife ‒ 14 various statues ‒ decorating the upper floors of The Woodstock. 


February 2, 2021

Vivian Maier in Tudor City

Today's picture is a photograph depicting four women beneath the Tudor City Bridge (seen in shadow) on October 31, 1954. They are waiting for a bus.

The photo was taken by Vivan Maier, a rather mysterious figure. She worked as a nanny her whole life, and, on the side, was an amateur street photographer. When she died in 2009, she left behind a large photo archive of her work ‒ over 100,000 negatives ‒ which had never been seen before. It lay undiscovered until it was purchased at an auction house, and the cult of Vivian Maier was born. 

For more on Vivian Maier, check out her website, here

November 4, 2020

Tudor City Lit: LOVE PREFERRED

This edition of Tudor City in Literature examines Love Preferred, a 193os romance novel. Its author, Edna Robb Webster, was a specialist in tales of 'modern youth,' and the author of seventeen novels, among them Dad's Girl, Five O'Clock Girl, Lipstick Girl, and Occasional Wife.

Love Preferred, subtitled "The Romance of a Business Girl," first ran as a newspaper serial, then was published in book form by Grosset & Dunlap in 1932. The novel tells the story of a man loved by two sisters: the "beautiful, self-sacrificing" business girl, Mary Vaughn, and her "selfish but dazzling" sibling, Bonnie.

Tudor City appears midway in the book, in a conversation between Mary and her boss, Ronald Foster; he's sweet on her, but she feels "no trembling delight in his presence." Mary has been staying with friends, and has just announced her intention to get her own Manhattan apartment.

[The idea of moving to the enclave never materializes, and Mr. Foster's romantic impulses are similarly squashed.]

We're rather surprised to learn that Tudor City apartments were financially out of reach for most workers, "even those with a good salary." But then again, the colony did enjoy a swank reputation in its early years.

November 1, 2020

That Noir Feeling

Some moody, noirish views of the colony found on Instagram. 

Rain on the bridge, by street.classics.

On a balcony of No. 2, by walkingwithlucy.

Tudor City Place by night, by _sweetlow_.

Flyover, by jakeblucker.

Snow on the bridge, by nycprimeshot.

More Tudor City Noir here.