This episode of Then and Now contrasts the sorry state of Tudor City's parks in 1988 to their current lush iteration.
Following real estate titan Harry Helmsley's acquisition of Tudor City in 1970, the parks' maintenance went into serious decline. Helmsley had announced plans to replace them with luxury apartment towers, and thus saw no point in their upkeep. Though this controversial plan never happened, it unfolded over 15 long years, and the parks suffered. (More about the Helmsley era, here.)
The 'then' photographs in this post come courtesy of Tudor City Greens' archive, and were made in 1988, the year the Greens was founded, most likely to record what the Greens had inherited.