September 23, 2020

Tudor City on Film: PERSON OF INTEREST

This episode of Tudor City on Film zooms in on Person of Interest, a procedural TV series about a particularly modern kind of paranoia: fear of computer surveillance. 

The storyline centers around a crime-predicting artificial intelligence program developed by a mysterious billionaire, who recruits a former CIA agent to stop crime before it happens.

The show ran for five seasons on CBS, more of a popular hit (92% on the Tomatometer) than a critical one (66 metascore on Metacritic). It's now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Tudor City's bridge is the setting for a brief sequence in Season 2, Episode 6: "The High Road," starting at 7:32. 

The sequence begins with a couple in conversation on the Tudor City Bridge. 

They are old friends. The woman (Paige Turco) is aware that the man (Jim Caviezel) works for a billionaire with some kind of crime-predicting software.

Then, with little preamble, he produces a wedding ring and proposes marriage. 

In fact, he has an assignment in suburbia and needs a "wife," so it is a sham proposal!

She knows it's a sham, and wishes it weren't. They depart for suburbia. 

September 20, 2020


An update to last year's post about Drew Leshko, the Philadelphia-based artist who sculpts miniature renditions of commonplace structures ‒ newsstands, dumpsters, ice machines ‒ as well as vintage signs. His model of our very own Tudor City sign had already sold by the time we discovered it.

Leshko is back with a 2020 version, along with a new companion piece, the Hotel Tudor sign. Sale details, below.

Tudor City sign, $2,800. Measures 15" by 14" by 4". Made of paper, basswood, acrylic and pastel. Available at Paradigm Gallery and 1st Dibs.
Hotel Tudor sign, $1,000. Measures 18" by 10" by 2". Made of paper, basswood, acrylic, pastel and inkjet. Available at Paradigm Gallery and 1st Dibs.

September 16, 2020

O. O. McIntyre Weighs In

Biography book jacket
Today, a few words from O. O. McIntyre, famed New York newspaper columnist of the 20s and '30s. His syndicated daily column, New York Day by Day, ran in more than 500 newspapers at its peak, earning him the princely salary of $200,000 a year.

Written in a folksy, letter-from-home style, the column glorified New York and thrilled small-town America, who saw McIntyre as a local boy turned foreign correspondent. Actual 
New Yorkers were skeptical. "It was the New York fashion to sniff at him," wrote the Times, given the "breathless wonder" of his prose. "Accuracy was his enemy and glamor was his god."

New York Day by Day featured a number of Tudor City items over the years. The first, on August 7, 1928, established the colony's "swank" reputation:

Below, an item on the "peaceful new development," undiscovered by the "rabble," that ran September 1, 1929.

O. O. McIntyre died of a sudden heart attack in 1938, aged 53. New York Day by Day (continued by writer Charles Benedict Driscoll) expired in 1951.

September 13, 2020

ARTIFACT: The Tudor City Taxi Top

Today's artifact is a circa-1999 taxicab sign ‒ a subgenre of outdoor advertising known in the trade as a 'taxi top' ‒ promoting Continental Airlines. At the time, the carrier had just launched a new ad campaign built around the slogan Work Hard, Fly Right.

The droll copy for the taxi top ads was specifically focused on the airline's nonstop destinations. Above and below, some examples.

And lastly, the reason for this post, from the collection of Brian Thompson:

September 9, 2020


The lanterns bracketing the Prospect Tower plaque, then and now.

Above, the plaque at the entryway of No. 45, bracketed by two stained glass lanterns, in 1988.  These appear to be the building's original lanterns, by then in a state of disrepair ‒ particularly the fixture at right, missing an entire glass panel. 

The lanterns were removed at some point in the 1990s. Although nothing like the originals, the replacements have a acquired a vintage patina after 25+ years outdoors.

Speaking of fixtures on No. 45's facade, check out the story of its mysterious menu holder, here

September 6, 2020


The latest winners in the Best of Tudor City on Instagram competition.

When styles collide, by bahramforoughi.
A Woodstock lion under repair, by leslietimko.
The Sharansky Steps, by newyork_eyes.
Woodstock stained glass, by marinajzee.
42nd Street sunset, by trixieluvsjets.

September 2, 2020

In Tulip Time

In tulip time. The vivid beauty of a field of tulips is caught in this color fotograph as pretty Miss Josephine Huston, singer, gathers flowers at Tudor City in New York.

The above photograph (with its original caption) ran in the Daily News Sunday magazine section on June 20, 1937. Its subject, chanteuse Josephine Huston, was best known as a nightclub entertainer, although she had some minor roles on Broadway (The Threepenny Opera, Life Begins at 8:40) and in the movies (On With the Show!, The Candid Kid)

Huston was photographed in the North Park by Harry Warnecke, whose richly-hued color portraits ran in the Sunday News magazine for decades. Not incidentally, the picture also publicized the Tudor City Tulip Festival, an annual event from 1936 to 1940. More about it here.