January 22, 2020

Up on the Roof with Lily Donaldson

Another installment of our ongoing series of beautiful people looking particularly beautiful on a Tudor City rooftop. Today's photos ran in the Fall 2013 issue of Bal Harbour Magazine, a journal promoting Bal Harbour Shops, the tony Miami mall.

Photographed by Nagi Sakai, the shoot took place on No. 45's South Roof, home to the Tudor City Sign. The model, British cover girl Lily Donaldson, is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret. 

Above, the opening spread of the article, "Up on the Roof."

Above and below, Donaldson in full va-va-voom mode.


The shoot was immortalized in a fun video, "Behind the Scenes with Lily Donaldson," which we highly recommend ‒ see it here

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For more rooftop glamour, check out the past posts on Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow.

January 19, 2020

The Tudor City Bulletin Board

Above, the Tudor City Bulletin Board, found in a 1934 issue of Tudor City Service. An advertisement disguised as a bulletin board, it points out the many services the enclave offered residents, a key part of Tudor City's DNA in its early years. Select clips, below.





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More about Tudor City services here and here.

January 15, 2020

RESIDENTS: Erle Stanley Gardner

Erle Stanley Gardner
Resident of the day is Erle Stanley Gardner, mega-selling author and Windsor Tower tenant. 

Born 1889, he begins his career as an attorney, but writes pulp fiction on the side, specializing in detective yarns. In 1933 he produces The Case of the Velvet Claws, which introduces Perry Mason, a criminal defense lawyer with a predilection for taking on hopeless cases. The character is a hit, and makes Gardner a very rich man. Countless novels follow, adapted into movies in the '30s, a radio show in the '40s, and most memorably as a TV series in the '50s and '60s.

Tudor City View reports that Gardner resides in No. 5 for a few months in 1942. What brings him to the enclave is lost to history ‒ he lives on a ranch in Temecula, California for most of his life ‒ but it seems likely that he rented a penthouse

Like all good mystery writers, he is nothing if not prolific. When he dies in 1970, he has written 151 books selling over 325,000,000 copies. Wikipedia ranks him the 27th best-selling fiction author of all time, behind Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dr. Seuss and Danielle Steele, but ahead of Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Ian Fleming and John Grisham.

Today, his name lives on as a frequent crossword puzzle answer. 'Erle' contains an unusual series of common letters beloved by puzzle designers. First name in courtroom fiction is a typical clue.


Gardner and secretaries in his office in Temecula, California.

Eight of the 82 Perry Mason mysteries.

January 12, 2020

She's a NICE GIRL, But She COMMUTES

Above, a classic Tudor City ad created by the Huber Hoge agency. Tudor City sales pitches included the walk-to-work angle (the most heavily promoted), followed by the benefits of private parks and services. There was also an entire campaign designed for theatergoers, our subject today. 

All the ads pictured ran in theatrical playbills in 1929.

Theatergoing was frustrating for commuters, who rarely saw the end of a show, forced to exit early to catch the last train home. By contrast, "Tudor City residents never leave early" since they can "stroll to the theater from an oasis of peace and quiet, with its green grass and shady trees, just a ten-minute walk from Broadway."

Above, a faux news article about a fictional diva ‒ Miss Edwina Booth, "member of a famous theatrical family" ‒ who stops the show when the "Early Leavers" exit. "They should sit in some inconspicuous part of the theater where they can leave quietly" she sniffs.

January 8, 2020

Views from the Bridge: TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY Edition

Today, some trick photos (by way of Photoshop) showing the view down 42nd Street from the Tudor City Bridge. They were all discovered on Instagram.
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By leomascaro.
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January 5, 2020

GREATEST HITS of 2019

A year-end roundup of the stories that got the most hits in 2019.
Click on the title to read the post. 

1. Strange But True: SIGN EDITION. The Tudor City Sign goes letterless in preparation for a long overdue renovation.

2. CONFIDENTIAL: Tudor City's Most Sensational Crime. Recounting a shocking 1985 triple murder in No. 25.

3. SIGN UPDATE. Explaining the newly installed scaffolding and netting around the Tudor City Sign.

4. Here Comes the Turken Foundation Dormitory. A new 21-story building rises on the corner of 41st and 2nd, abutting Hatfield House. 

5. Strange But True: SCOTCH, THE WONDER DOG.
 A dog, trapped in an apartment on fire, manages to open the window so he can be rescued by firemen. 

6. Introducing AZALEA & OAK. A chic boutique opens in Windsor Tower.

7. Another SIGN UPDATE. Picturing the newly fabricated replacement letters for the Tudor City Sign.

8. Introducing the FORD FOUNDATION GALLERY. A new art gallery opens in the newly named Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice.

9. Residents: TWIGGY. The '60s supermodel reveals she was a Tudor City resident on Instagram.

10. Introducing LISTO, the Wonder Horse. A fashion shoot on the Tudor City Bridge featuring Listo, a white stallion famous for his acting and modeling work.

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Bonus links for two all-time favorite posts, the Tudor City DINING GUIDE and DRINKING GUIDE

January 1, 2020

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS to Windsor Tower

The new year ‒ and new decade! ‒ are off to an auspicious start with the 90th birthday of No. 5, Windsor Tower, opened January 1, 1930.

Windsor Tower is the largest unit in the enclave, with 788 apartments and ten awe-inspiring penthouses

More about No. 5 here.



Ad details, November 1929.
The eastern facade.