This 1930 neon hotel sign still illuminates East 42nd Street

Rising 20-plus stories above 42nd Street, the old-school sign for what was once called the Hotel Tudor is a beacon for Tudor City, the apartment complex mini-city of 12 Tudor Revival-style buildings built in the late 1920s.

Like so many vintage neon signs in New York, its future was threatened. “The sign dates from 1930 when the hotel opened, and has a fleeting brush with demolition in 1999,” according to Tudor City Confidential, a blog that covers the complex. Community opposition helped keep it in place.

Today the hotel is officially known as the Westgate New York Grand Central—and the red glow of the sign lights the way along the eastern end of 42nd Street.

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8 Responses to “This 1930 neon hotel sign still illuminates East 42nd Street”

  1. greg chown Says:

    The City of Vancouver voted to remove all the neon signs in the 50’s/60’s.
    They wanted to “improve” the downtown area

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      What a shame! In New York, there are calls to actually landmark some of the great old neon signs from that era.

  2. countrypaul Says:

    Signs like this beauty are part of what makes New York New York. Long may it shine!

  3. velovixen Says:

    Greg–How anybody can see getting rid of neon signs as an “improvement” is beyond me.

    One of my favorites adorns Frank’s Sport Shop on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx:

  4. Laura Wilke. Says:

    Its very dark there I remember. South of the UN and facing the river.

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      It’s still fairly dark, especially near the staircases that take you to the Tudor City main drag. But very lovely in the daytime.

  5. Chester Says:

    Lived next door in the Woodstock for a while, in a studio with 1.0. Was a great neighborhood, except for the Daily News trucks banging their way out on early morning deliveries.

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