Tudor Grove Playground
E. 42 St. bet. 1 Ave. and 2 Ave.
Directions via Google Maps
Built by Fred F. French (1883-1936), a prominent New York developer after World War I, Tudor City was a pioneering venture in urban renewal. Tudor City was designed as a “city within a city,” and adapted what was called Garden City design to high-density Manhattan. The Garden City concept combined the best aspects of country and city, emphasizing the integration of green space in urban living areas, and was advocated by the Englishman Ebenezer Howard in his 1898 book To-Morrow, A Peaceful Path to Social Reform, (later retitled Garden Cities of To-Morrow). His ideas laid the foundation for such communally oriented suburbs in the United States as Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, designed in 1910 by Olmsted’s sons and Grosvenor Atterbury.