Living in Tudor City
Tudor City apartments house over 5,000 people in the world's first residential skyscraper complex. It's comprised of 11 high-rise residential co-op apartment towers, four brownstones, shops, restaurants, and parks. Tudor City has, for almost a hundred years, served as a semi-secluded oasis within the bustle of Midtown East. Rentals here offer views of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and for a lucky few, the United Nations and the East River. It's situated between 40th and 43rd streets, and First and Second avenues.
Tudor City was named after England's Tudor dynasty. Despite this fact, the complex wasn't designed in the Tudor style; the buildings are neo-Gothic. Before the towers went up, the area was rough. Where the UN now stands used to be slaughterhouses. In the 1920s, however, developer Fred F. French had a vision of a residential Utopia that would lure in the middle class. He built the dramatic complex and people came. To avoid the slaughterhouse stench, most apartments lacked eastern views. Then, in the 1940s, the UN came and upgraded the atmosphere. In the 1980s, Tudor City turned co-op. It managed to survive a serious real estate slump in the 90s and is still going strong.
Tudor City Lifestyle and Entertainment
The Tudor City complex is remarkably self-contained. Within it's boundaries, you'll find the critically acclaimed Sicilian restaurant, Convivio. There's also a grocery store, a gourmet deli, convenience stores, a hair salon, a laundry, and a dry cleaners. Tudor City houses an on-site hotel, too. Outside, residents enjoy three garden parks and a children's playground. These services suit many needs, but not all. Luckily, the Murray Hill neighborhood is right outside your front door. You're just a quick stroll from shopping areas, eateries, bars, and other entertainment.
Tudor City Info and the Rental Market
Tudor City rentals are co-op apartments and they're hard to come by. The buildings have a castle-like feel, including perks like stained glass windows, decorative carvings, and even gargoyles. One-bedrooms, if you can find them, rent for just under $2,500 a month.
Mostly, professionals and families choose to live in Tudor City. The complex is accessible via the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S trains through Grand Central Station, which is only a few blocks away.
Tudor City Resources
Tudor City is close to the main branch of the New York Public Library and near to Bryant Park. Down on the First Avenue side is the United Nations Headquarters, and inside there is a post office that sells unique stamps. Public School 116 is about 10 blocks south on Third Ave and there are a couple of area high schools as well. Manhattan Community District 6 covers Tudor City.
Tudor City Zip Codes
Tudor City is in the 10017 zip code.