2 Tudor City Place

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2 Tudor City Place, New York City, NY

2 Tudor City Place
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The high rise on a sunny day
Building Information
Developer William Zeckendorf
Architect William I. Hohauser, Inc.
Management Company Grogan & Associates
Number of Units 334
Number of Floors 14
Year Built 1955
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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2 Tudor City Place, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Tudor City is an area rich in history. As early as the 1630s, the land was the site of a tobacco plantation owned by English land purchasers. Over the next two centuries, the land changed hands several times, and the hills in the area were razed in order to build paved streets and permanent buildings. But the area did not develop the same way as the northern parts of the city, and by the 1850s, it was known particularly for its huge number of squatters, numbered over 10,000 by one census report.

The neighborhood gradually came to be known as "Corcoran's Roost" and was considered particularly dangerous. The "Roost" was so-called for James "Jimmy" Corcoran, an Irish-American public personality who was simultaneously seen as a working-class champion for Irish immigrants and suspected by many to be an underworld leader under the alias Paddy Corcoran.[1]

42nd Street in 1928
As the 1800s continued, the area became home to more and more slaughterhouses, cattle pens, and other earmarks of undesirability. By the 1910s, the neighborhood was widely regarded as a worthless slum. But bad housing in a good location seemed like the perfect combination for at least one person: real estate developer Fred French.

French correctly recognized that the inexpensive land of the slums was near to quickly-emerging commercial hubs of New York City. The idea of Tudor City, named after the 16th Century Tudor ruling dynasty, was born. French, though, did not have the money to realize his extensive dreams by himself, so he approached current tenants and owners with a co-investment plan. French was so sure that Tudor City, then the largest housing project in Manhattan, would be a success, that he agreed to pay co-investors back and provide dividends from net profits before his own company made any money.

The gamble paid off. Tudor City quickly emerged as an almost self-sufficient community, with everything from a kindergarten and flower shop to a liquor store. Tudor City quickly became known in particular for its tennis courts, which hosted famous players such as Pancho Segura and Welby Van Horn. On one memorable winter, the idea emerged to flood and freeze the courts in order to create a community skating rink.

In 1954, the legendary tennis courts were removed, and in their place, 2 Tudor City Place was constructed, the most recent addition to a vibrant and storied neighborhood.[2][3] The building was converted to a cooperative in 1985.

Location

Tudor City's south park in 1940

The Tudor City of today continues the neighborhood's legacy of self-sufficiency, with residents enjoying easy access to anything they could need, and most things they could want. With a walk score and a transit score of 100, 2 Tudor City Place, despite being in a quiet cul-de-sac, is right around the corner from a school, restaurants, playgrounds, parks, a dentist, and a liquor store, giving it the same small-community feel that the area might have had in the 1920s.[4] This belies one of the complex's notable achievements: Tudor City is the first residential skyscraper complex in the world.

Just West of Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, Tudor City is also near to the East River, with the Queens Midtown Tunnel entering Manhattan near the complex on Third Avenue. It is across First Avenue from the official headquarters of the United Nations, a building that was completed in 1952 and contains the UN General Assembly and Security Council.[5] Residents also enjoy views of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

Tudor City is part of the Murray Hill area, which is known to have cheaper housing than nearby Manhattan areas considered more trendy. Murray Hill is considered a haven for townhouses, with 60 of the 100 townhouses listed in the area's 1892 Social Register still standing. During the late 1990s, however, prices for Murray Hill apartments rose sharply, in some instances increasing by 500 percent in a decade. During that time, in an apparent contradiction, the area also experienced an influx of college graduates, who were responsible for associating the area with a "work-hard, play-hard" mood.[6]

Tudor City is home to over 5000 residents, and 2 Tudor City Place prides itself in particular on being a diverse group of people, the majority of whom are shareholders.

Construction

2 Tudor City Place is composed of a north and a south high rise tower, which are 15 floors and total 333 units.[7] The majority of the apartments are either one bedrooms or studios, though the building does offer a variety. The building is modern-style with a brick facade.

Tudor City's legendary tennis courts were replaced with a large tower, Tudor Gardens, that would eventually be known as 2 Tudor City place. The twelfth building to be added to the Tudor City complex, Tudor Gardens was completed in 1956, along with two landscaped private parks that were exclusively for Tudor City residents. [8]

Layout and Features

Out back, the building offers a public courtyard garden, with a series of square plots marked by statue centerpieces and lined with benches. The building also has indoor parking, storage, and laundry, as well as a 24-hour staff.

The apartments themselves are designed to take advantage of the view, with large windows, and terraces on most apartments on the higher floors. Many of the apartments look out onto the river, with others offering views of the nearby parks.

Floor Plans

Here are a few of the available floor plans for 2 Tudor City Place.


Amenities

  • Full-time doorman
  • Basement storage
  • Full service garage
  • Garden
  • Roof deck
  • Washer/dryer in building
  • Elevator

Bylaws

2 Tudor City Place Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • The building is pet-friendly.
  • Pied-a-terres are allowed, and subletting is allowed 2 out of 5 years.
  • There is no age restriction for residents.

Sustainability

Tudor Realty Services, which oversees many New York City buildings including those of Tudor City, has sought out green solutions over the last few years. In 2005, Tudor's long-time energy supplier, Hess Corporation, began to offer a Renewable Energy Certificate program, by which residents who paid extra money could invest in sustainable energy for their buildings and contribute to sustainable projects across the country, including windmills, solar power, and dams. The Hess Demand Response program was also put in place to reward industrial and commercial customers for reducing their energy usage during times of heavy consumption.[9]

Tudor Realty agreed in 2008 to go completely green for some of its largest locations for at least the next three years. As of 2013, however, Tudor City itself is no longer completely green, nor is it LEED certified.

Trivia

At the intersection
  • The parks in Tudor city were extensively damaged in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy swept through the area. A preservation and reconstruction movement is currently underway.[10]
  • Tudor City is an extremely popular destination for film productions. Notable examples include the Spider-Man films, US. Marshals, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather Part III. In the gangster classic Scarface, the scene in which a bomb is placed underneath the governor's car takes place across the street from 2 Tudor City Place.[11]
  • Spider-Man in particular made Tudor City the center of widespread attention when the Tudor penthouse suite, the home of the Green Goblin in the film, went on sale in January 2013.[12]
  • Tudor City offers an interesting measurement of inflation: when the complex opened in the 1920s, the average rent was $500 per room, yearly.
  • Residents of Tudor City are vocal participants in discussion around the latest effort to take over the nearby Robert Moses Playground. A highly desirable site, the playground, which is known particularly as the home of the East End Hockey Association and their roller hockey games, is the proposed site of an additional building for the United Nations. Tudor residents, however, are not pleased by the idea of the western portion of their park being replaced by large construction projects.
  • The nearby Conrad's Bike Shop is a long-time favourite for pro cyclers and bike enthusiasts, as well as celebrities including Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Just down a granite staircase from Tudor City is Ralph Bunche Park, named for the first African-American winner of a Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation work in Palestine in the 1940s.[13] The park was New York Cit's first "Peace Park", and is often the site of demonstrations and rallies with messages of peace or international concern.
  • One famous current resident at Tudor City is Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter.

References

  1. James Corcoran
  2. Neighborhood
  3. Tudor City
  4. Walk Score
  5. United Nations Headquarters
  6. Murray Hill
  7. Street Easy
  8. Brochures Collection
  9. "If it's good..."
  10. Tudor City Greens
  11. Tudor City
  12. "Spider-Man Star Apartment..."
  13. Ralph Bunche


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