December 7, 2018


This installment of our noteworthy resident series profiles Warren Eberle, longtime editor of Tudor City View, the monthly neighborhood gazette. This blog owes a great debt to him for inspiring many posts.
Eberle in 1959.

Born in Kansas in 1884, Eberle came to New York after landing a job in real estate advertising. In 1940, he was hired to edit Tudor City View, and stayed with it for nearly 30 years, finally retiring in 1969.

The job was a one-man operation, with Eberle writing all the articles, securing all the ads, and taking most of the photographs. At least his commute was easy: he lived in The Manor and his office was in No. 5.

Although his editorial content accentuated the positive ‒ the magazine was underwritten by the French Company, after all ‒ Eberle was not afraid to tackle community issues.

Among his targets were the air pollution from the Con Ed smokestacks ("a menace to our health"), the Pan Am heliport ("a daily, nerve-wracking din"), anti-Vietnam War protesters ("long-haired, bearded beatniks"), pigeon feeding ("if you must feed the birds, buy a parakeet"), wasting water ("don't flush everything"), and, especially, throwing lit cigarettes out the window ("windows are not ashtrays!")

The magazine folded when Eberle retired in 1969 (at the age of 85), and an era ended.
Eight of the 347 issues of Tudor City View that Eberle edited.

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