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Woodstock Tower, 320 East 42nd Street: Review and Ratings

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Carter Horsley
Review of 320 East 42nd Street by Carter Horsley

This handsome Art Deco-style tower was erected in 1929 as a hotel and converted to cooperative apartments in 1980. It has 459 units.

Its 32 stories make it the tallest building in the Tudor City complex developed by Fred F. French that anchors the east end of 42nd Street.

The Tudor City parks, which flank 42nd Street, however, are up large staircases on either side of 42nd Street to the east. Tudor City is one of the city's most distinguished residential enclaves, notably for its Tudor-style decorative façades that are complemented by the brown-brick façade of this tower.

This building is across the street from the Ford Foundation Building that was designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates and was innovative for its huge, windowed atrium. Other very famous landmarks in this area include the United Nations complex at the east end of the block and the former Daily News and Chrysler Buildings to the west. There is excellent cross-town bus service and numerous restaurants in this area.

The building has a canopied entrance, a four-story limestone entrance surround, a doorman and a concierge. The building permits protruding air-conditioners and has a health club and some terraces, but no balconies, no garage and no roof deck.


Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 22 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 26 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 11 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #13 Rated co-op - Turtle Bay/United Nations
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1289 Lexington Avenue
at The Northeast corner of East 86th Street
Carnegie Hill
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