"A City Within A City"
Tudor City is located in Midtown Manhattan between East 41st to East 43rd Streets and 1st and 2nd Avenues.
Tudor City takes its name from England's Tudor dynasty, which ruled from 1485 to 1603 and
included King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.
Tudor City was concieved in the mid 1920s by prolific architect Fred F. French. The French development's striving was towards affordable housing with consideration to quality of life aspects. The four parks, streetside shops and ornate architecture all in a sheltered location create serenity in the center of a major city. Thus, the "City Within A City" was born in 1927.
Nearby Grand Central Station made Tudor City a popular place for Westchester residents to enjoy the convenience of a "walk to work" place in town during the week. Full time residents found the amenities and location a perfect combination of assets not easy to find in New York City. The unique eclectic mix of pragmatism, convenience and appeal in a residential development has endured the test of time.
In the mid 1980s Tudor City was converted to co-ops having been sold by the Helmsley family to the eventual sponsors of the conversion. The eleven buildings became individual co-op corporations each with their own by-laws and policies. A key policy difference involves the subletting of apartments, we will soon have this policy notated on the "Buildings" page of this website. If you are interested in an investment property in a liberal sublet policy building, let us know.
There is a range of apartment sizes from Studios (common) to 3 Bedrooms (rare), ten of the buildings are pre-war. One post war building 2 Tudor City Place has larger spaces with more small families whereas the pre-war apartments are of smaller scale. Terraced apartments are in shortest supply, and typically a hot item when on the market, several of these are penthouse units.
There are four parks, two of which are dedicated to children's parks and two are right on the frontage of Tudor City Place, once known as "Prospect Place" when luminaries Charleton Heston and Johnny Carson had part time residences here. A flower shop has been here since the inception, bike shop, personal care salon, and a convenient self serve post office. Two dry cleaners and an all night deli round out the commericial tenants in the "City within a City".
Tudor City is featured in a number of film and television programs.
Movies filmed in Tudor City include The Godfather Part III, The Peacemaker, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Splash, U.S. Marshals, Taxi Driver, and The Bourne Ultimatum. In the movie Scarface, a bomb is planted under the Governor's car at 5 Tudor City Place. In the movie Spider-Man, the top floors of Windsor Tower at 5 Tudor City Place were used as the exterior of Norman Osborn’s rooftop mansion.