A 21-story apartment hotel, the first unit of Tudor City, to be built at Prospect Place and East 42nd Street.
Although not exactly "the city that will give New Yorkers a new manner of living," Tudor City was definitely "a cure for strap hanging."
LIVE NEAR YOUR JOB
Two views from Prospect Hill, site of the proposed Tudor City, looking westward, showing its proximity to Grand Central business area. (The Commodore in right background of lower photograph).
THE SECOND UNIT OF TUDOR CITY [The Manor]
This 10-story apartment house will be built on the north side of 43rd Street, Nos. 325 to 329. It will be across the street from Prospect Hill Apartments.
The final page is more of the same, but one sentence caught our eye:
Part of the land not required for the earlier buildings will be cleared and planted in lawn pending its use for later buildings. . .
So it seems like the parks were originally place holders for further development. Luckily, Fred French saw their publicity value and decided on keeping them.