July 21, 2019

Introducing LISTO, the Wonder Horse

Several months ago, the Italian fashion house Etro shot the advertising campaign for their Fall Winter 2019/20 line on the Tudor City Bridge. It was quite a production, led by a scene-stealing white horse (seen around the complex, as reported earlier.)

Turns out the horse is Listo, a well-known nag thanks to his memorable appearance as the equine guardian angel in the 2014 film Winter's Tale. An Andalusian stallion, Listo has been groomed for film work and is a favorite of casting agents owing to his sweet disposition. "He loves to stand and pose for the camera," says his trainer.

Why was a horse used by Etro in the first place? A press release explains 
The last time a white horse made a surprising appearance in the middle of Manhattan must have been when Bianca Jagger entered Studio 54 atop one. Fast-forward to 2019, and a white horse is again in the city, together with a family of beautifully strong characters of every age, shape, and race. A family united like a dynasty under the sign of Paisley. [Etro is pushing paisely for fall.]
Listo and models on the Tudor City Bridge.
'70s supermodel Marisa Berenson and '90s supermodel Amber Valletta 
lend some gravitas to the proceedings.
Listo meets paisley. 
Listo is a good boy.

See the video of the shoot here

July 17, 2019

DON'T GO DOWN IN THE MINE, DADDY! -- The New Yorker Tudor City Ads

Some amusing ads that ran in the New Yorker in 1928 have recently come our way. We've never seen them before and believe they were written specifically for the magazine ‒ the copy has a 'literary' quality not found in Tudor City's typical ads. 

This selection promotes the colony as an alternative to commuting, a common enough advertising refrain, rendered here in dramatic style, with references to "grim journeys," "wasted lives," and "nerves jumping the track" after "hours underground with half a million others." 

The antidote, of course, is Tudor City, "high, quiet and cool on the East River Front."  The ads, with their glum illustrations and overheated prose, below.



See the New Yorker's editorial coverage of the complex here, here and here

July 14, 2019


Today, a pictorial recap of Friday's Manhattanhenge celebration, a textbook success thanks to a cloudless sky at sunset ‒ as seen above, via Instagram. 

There was a healthy turnout at the Tudor City Overpass for the spectacle.

July 10, 2019

CONFIDENTIAL: Death by 'Skylarking'

Daily News front page detail, September 23, 1929,

This installment of our Confidential series, a walk on Tudor City's wilder side, recounts the sudden death of Allen Weir, society figure and Manor resident.
New York Times front page detail.

Weir was born to a prominent family in Wilmington, Delaware. After graduating from Annapolis naval academy, he moves to Manhattan in 1927, renting an apartment in The Manor. 

Independently wealthy ‒ the owner of a yacht and two automobiles ‒ he socializes with a high-flying crowd, and is considered quite a catch. His status is enhanced after his brother marries a du Pont heiress. 

Then, in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 22, 1929, Weir returns home after a night out with two buddies. They had been drinking ‒ despite Prohibition being the law of the land, liquor was easy to come by in Manhattan ‒ and were in "high spirits." Pouring nightcaps, they begin 'skylarking' around the apartment, period slang for 'horsing around.'

Weir leaps up on the sill of an open window, nearly losing his balance. His pals rush to steady him, but he topples out the window, falling into a rear courtyard to his death. He is 26 years old.
Headlines from the Asbury Park Press, Brooklyn Times-Union, and Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

The ensuing police investigation ultimately pronounces Weir's death accidental, exacerbated by the fact that he was "heavily intoxicated" at the time of the fall. The Daily News spelled it out in its inimitable style:


During Prohibition, liquor was easy to find in Tudor City. See our earlier post here.

July 7, 2019

Residents: PAM DAWBER

Dawber and Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy.

Today's resident of note is Pam Dawber, sitcom star and Manor tenant. Her life, in bullet points:

✯  Born in Detroit, 1951. Begins her career as a fashion model in New York, represented by the Wilhelmina agency. Rents an apartment in the Manor in the mid-1970s.

✯  Her focus turns to acting. In 1978, virtually unknown, she lands a starring role opposite equally unknown Robin Williams in a new TV series, Mork and Mindy, playing the comedic foil  ‒ and eventual love interest ‒ of an extraterrestrial from the planet Ork. The show is an instant hit, propelling both actors to stardom.

✯  Adopts a bi-coastal lifestyle, much in vogue at the time. Interviewed by the Daily News, she explains "I commute between here and Los Angeles. I lease my Tudor City apartment to [actor] Bob Lipton, and he rents his LA home to me. It works out real fine."

✮  After the series ends in 1982, she appears in other sitcoms, most notably My Sister Sam. Marries actor Mark Harmon in 1987, her television roles becoming less frequent since then.
Dawber's life summarized on magazine covers.

Thank you to Paige Judge for the tip!

July 3, 2019


Another entry in our Inquiring Fotographer series, wherein Tudor Citizens sound off on the pressing issues of the day to Jimmy Jemail, the Daily News' inquiring fotographer. Today's selections all date from the 1960s.




More about the Inquiring Photographer column here.

June 30, 2019

Five Minutes of Your Lunch Hour

Today, a look at a very early ad for Tudor City that ran in April, 1927.

Snappily headlined "5 Minutes of Your Lunch Hour Will Do It," the ad urges readers to drop by and "visualize the lovely park now being created, the tall buildings, the quiet streets and the pleasant river views. Realize that all this is to be in the best Park Avenue manner."

What's unusual about the ad is the illustration ‒ not the typical artist rendering of the finished product, but rather a sketch of The Manor and No. 45 in the process of going up, girders and all. The French Company was renting the buildings from plans.

See it blown up, below.