|Amusing New York Times headline, July 22, 1948|
The city claimed that the street widening was necessary for two reasons:
✽ Tudor City Place was too narrow for emergency vehicles to navigate.
✽ The planned Tudor City Bridge (replacing the 19th-century tunnel) required a wider street to accommodate its design.In response, a French Company-sponsored petition was circulated in the community, drawing hundreds of signatures. The petition outlined four reasons against the plan:
✽ Tudor City Place was not an official approach to the U.N., and thus needed no street widening.
✽ The completed U.N. buildings would have no view of Tudor City Place, blocked by the height of the street's skyscrapers.
✽ Both parks were used extensively, and reducing the size of their footprint would lead to overcrowding. (Interesting sidebar: at this time, the South Park was reserved for adults only, while the North Park allowed adults and children).
✽ A wider street would encourage cars and trucks to drive at greater speeds, endangering the lives of residents trying to cross the street to visit the parks.
|The corner of Tudor City Place and E. 43rd Street, around 1949, with the narrowing of the parks in progress.|