February 18, 2024


 Once again, a tip of the hat to the inspired Instagrammers whose work makes up this week's post.
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February 11, 2024

Tudor City Turns 21

Tudor City Marks 21st Birthday was the headline that ran in the New York Times on December 8, 1946. It recounts the early days when Leonard Gans assembled the land package by buying out the assorted tenement owners. This is the key information: 

"In only thirty-five days I and half a dozen associates had purchased for the builder an area of nearly 200,000 square feet," Mr. Gans commented. "Only the refusal of the meat packers to sell their slaughter-house properties prevented Tudor City from spreading out even further along the river. . .

"Purchases for Tudor City began in November, 1925, with the acquisition of a few tenements at the easterly end of Prospect Place ‒ a mere 35,000 square feet ‒ but Mr. French's imagination and the scope of his project grew day by day. . .

"Many of the properties had been in the same ownership for years, and while many sellers received prices beyond anything they had previously hoped for, Mr. French commented at the time that the average cost was less than half what he had paid for some sites on lower Park Avenue a little earlier. . .

"About one-third of the original land is still is available for improvement, and the present management advises me that they expect to carry out additional building operations when conditions permit. Some day no doubt the project will house close to the 10,000 persons which was the population forecast by Mr. French in his announcement twenty-one years ago."
The project only saw one more building, however, No. 2 Tudor City Place, which opened in 1956 and added 334 units. 

February 4, 2024

REAL ESTATE REPORT: What's Your Apartment Worth?

  Recent Tudor City sale prices via Streeteasy.

Sign in No. 5 Lobby
The Cloister 
$636,406, Apt 304, one bedroom
$298,000, Apt 515, studio

Essex House
$920,000, Apt 1002, two bedroom
$695,000, Apt 105, two bedroom

Haddon Hall
$999,000, Apt 202C, two bedroom
$900,000, Apt 501C, two bedroom

Hardwicke Hall
$999,000, Apt 202C, two bedroom
$875,000, Apt 205B, two bedroom 

Hatfield House   
$359,000, Apt 1403A, studio
$339,000, Apt 1103A, studio

The Hermitage 
The Hermitage is a rental-only building. Recent monthly rentals:
$5,395, Apt 501, two bedroom
$2,495, Apt 406, studio

The Manor  
$1,100,000, Apt 814, tw0 bedroom
$675,000, Apt 1022, two bedroom

Prospect Tower, No. 45
$575,000, Apt 901, one bedroom
$519,000, Apt 1511, one bedroom

Tudor Gardens, No. 2
$690,000, Apt 6JN, one bedroom
$522,500, Apt 6FN, one bedroom

Tudor Tower, No. 25
$459,000, Apt 1512, one bedroom
$436,500, Apt 1519, one bedroom

Windsor Tower, No. 5
$665,000, Apt 1838, one bedroom
$450,000, Apt 805, one bedroom

Woodstock Tower
$399,000, Apt 1616, studio
$395,000, Apt 1508, studio


The most expensive apartment for sale in Tudor City at the moment is this one bedroom unit in No. 2. It features two terraces if that is your thing, and the asking price is $995,000. See the full Douglas Elliman listing here

January 28, 2024


For your reading pleasure, an ad campaign that ran in the papers for two months, April and May, 1936. They are notable for their carefree approach, an affable blend of drawn image combined with photos taken in Tudor City. Times seemed a bit better: the rentals started at $52.50, and ran up to $250 for a duplex studio.    

January 21, 2024

INSTAGRAM Goes to the Field of Light

Continuing the ongoing story of the vacant lot on First Avenue, here's the latest attempt to draw some favorable publicity to the owners' cause, a casino next to the United Nations. Thus the plot ‒ which they have dubbed Freedom Plaza ‒ now sponsors a light show called the Field of Light. 

Here are some views of it as seen on Instagram.

No. 5, No. 25 and the mass of lights, by mchlanglo793  

Eastward, the river and the outer-borough condos, by gigi.nyc

A view of the Chrysler Building, by ericrihlmann 

A nod to One Vanderbilt, by ericrihlmann

Looking down on the lighting effects, by fieldoflightnyc

Southern view, by newyorkfeature

January 14, 2024



Today, we take a look at some of the original furniture that one could rent from the French Company. This comes courtesy of The Manor, which had an apartment with only two tenants ‒ and the same rental furniture ‒ until recently. In the photo, all the furniture made of wood is from this apartment; these pictures were taken in a storage room in the building's basement.

Arguably the most striking is this secretary desk, Early American in style.  

Where was the furniture marked? In turning the piece over, there's the identifying number along with the French company name abbreviated, handpainted; a much smaller metal tag with the same information; and finally, the tag from the company it was purchased from, one D. A. French, Inc. Whether this was a relative of Fred French is anyone's guess.

A4244, a framed mirror.

While most of the furniture was of solid, no-nonsense construction, a few pieces offered some filagree.       

Early American was the style at the time, and would continue to reign until the 1960s. Above, a 1930 ad for Hotel Tudor bills the furnishings over the room itself.  

Many thanks to The Manor's Konrad Wos and Fabrice Frere for sharing this piece of history. 

January 7, 2024

Anatomy of a Photo: EAST 41ST STREET

A return to an evergreen subject, a close-up examination of a photograph. This one was made in 1927 and depicts East 41st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. 

The corner of 41st and 2nd is bisected by a girder that holds up the 2nd Avenue Elevated, and the corner building has two awnings with what looks like a baby carriage between them. Further up the street is a glass-fronted shop of some kind. 

There was a line of rowhouses up the hill, culminating in No. 333, the newly built Prospect Hill Apartments ‒ and its iconic fire escapes ‒ that still stands today. The signs on the rowhouses are illegible, but announce plans for Tudor City.

The eastern end of 41st Street seems to fade away, but in fact continues past First Avenue to the East River.

Finally, a building covered with writing has caught our eye, although what it says is anyone's guess.