Tudor City is an apartment complex located at the southern edge of Turtle Bay, a neighborhood on the east side of Midtown Manhattan. It is located between 40th and 43rd Streets, and bordered by First Avenue to the east and Second Avenue to the west. Named after England’s Tudor dynasty, Tudor City has the distinction of being the first residential skyscraper in the world.
Before the development of Tudor City, the area was home to shanty towns and slaughterhouses, and was known for it’s high crime rates. However, in the 1920s, real estate developed Fred F. French set out to create his vision of an urban utopia. Inspired by other similar nearby projects, like the now-historic Turtle Bay Gardens and Sutton Place, French began construction on the largest residential project ever attempted in New York. When the project was completed in 1932, the residences boasted 2,800 units, multiple gardens, a miniature 18-hole golf course, and tennis courts that doubled as an ice skating rink in the winter. In 1985, after a series of different owners, the complex was converted into co-op apartments; and in 1988 Tudor City was designated a New York City historic district.
Tudor City is made up of 15 buildings, containing 11 co-op apartments and four brownstones, and is home to more than 5,000 residents. The units are sun-filled, with updates and modern amenities, while still maintaining many beautiful pre-war design elements. The complex also includes a hotel, restaurants, market, deli, convenience stores, hair salon, and dry cleaners, along with three garden parks and a playground. The buildings are recognizable due to their stunning neo-Gothic architecture, as well as the now-famous “Tudor City” sign displayed on the roof overlooking 42nd Street. However, one of Tudor City’s most notable features is its proximity to the United Nations headquarters, which is located directly across the street. Additionally, many units have phenomenal views of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.