October 1, 2020


Happy birthday to Hotel Tudor, opened October 1, 1930, and ninety years old today! Now known as the Westgate New York Grand Central, it has had six different names over its lifetime. Like most city hotels, it's temporarily closed at present because of the pandemic, although its sign still shines, a beacon of hope for the future.

Although the hotel is a splendid example of skyscraping art deco, it's rather underappreciated because its 42nd Street fa├žade is, well, nothing special. But around the corner on its lesser-seen 41st Street face, it lets its moderne flag fly via a jazzy mix of setbacks and raised brick. In honor of Hotel Tudor's birthday, a photographic salute to its stunning south side:

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