Before Donald Trump, there was Fred F. French. In 1925 the prominent real-estate developer became one of the first to buy up a large number of buildings—more than 100, in fact, most of them tenements—and join their properties into a single new development. He designed a collection of nine apartment buildings and two parks in the "garden city" mode, which placed a building's green space not in an enclosed courtyard but in the foreground. French also elevated the entire
development 70 feet (40 stone steps) above the river and built a 39-by-50-foot "Tudor City" sign atop one of the 22-story buildings. The development's residential towers opened between 1927 and 1930, borrowing a marketable air of sophistication from Tudor-style stonework, stained-glass windows, and lobby design flourishes. An official city landmark, Tudor City has featured in numerous films, and its gardens remain a popular lunch spot among office workers. The neighborhood was designated an historic district in 1988.
Between East 40th and East 43rd Sts and 1st and 2nd Aves., New York, New York, 10017, United States