June 2, 2016

The Penthouses

They were originally billed as Duplex Studios, but today everyone calls them the Penthouses. Few apartments in Tudor City are as enviable, what with their 18-foot double-height ceilings, fireplaces, staircases, private terraces and spectacular city views. Tudor City's architect, H. Douglas Ives, was inspired by 19th-century Parisian ateliers, though they really seem more like Hollywood versions of fantasy Manhattan apartments.
There are fourteen of them: two in Prospect Tower, two in Tudor Tower and ten in Windsor Tower -- Windsor was far enough away from the noxious First Avenue slaughterhouses to allow for eastern-facing apartments as well as wrap-around penthouses ringing its rooftop.

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