Posts Tagged ‘The Majestic’

Luxury apartment hunting in 1936

October 22, 2008

Perhaps we’re headed for a repeat of the 1930s, when ritzy uptown apartment buildings put up in the 1920s for wealthy New Yorkers didn’t attract quite enough renters, thanks to a little thing called the Great Depression. Hence the need for ads like these offering amenities and stabilized rents, which appeared in The New Yorker in July 1936.

What were the “unusual transportation facilities” available at the Majestic, as promised in this ad? And 277 Park Avenue sounds like an appeal to the pleasures of suburbia:


The Beaux-Arts Apartments don’t come off as very luxe, considering the free bus service and pension plan. Pension plan?