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A Tudor City one bedroom with a kitchen that hides in cabinet, for $2,750

The rent is below the median for apartments in the area.

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Tudor City, a nine-building enclave in the East 40s near the East River, is surprisingly quiet for a Manhattan neighborhood, especially one near the FDR Drive. That's because the historic neighborhood was designed with no through-streets and because traffic is routed underground for five blocks around the nearby United Nations.

Some other unusual features, like its original mini golf course and tennis courts where greats like Bobby Riggs played exhibition matches are long gone. However, Tudor City, has restaurants, stores, and two  landmarked parks, aka the Greens. And you're just blocks away from Midtown, with all it has to offer.

While buildings in Tudor City are co-ops, you can find rentals there, like 45 Tudor City Place #911. This is a one bedroom, one bath in Prospect Tower (the one with the iconic "Tudor City" sign on it) for $2,750 with no fee (warning: board approval is required). The rent is well below the median in nearby Turtle Bay and Murray Hill, which are $3,400 and $3,800, respectively, according to StreetEasy. The rent includes heat, water, and electric. 

The listing notes that both the bath and kitchen have been updated, and curiously, the kitchen appears to be contained in one entire cabinetry piece, which doesn't seem to have room for full-size appliances—or counter space. On the other hand, it does look like the entire piece can be closed up when not in use.

The rest of the living room space, seen in the main photo at top, is bright, thanks to two large windows at one end. It has dark hardwood floors that look to be in good condition and two built-in bookcases. But because of its layout, you may need to get a bit creative with furniture placement. 

The bedroom seems to be a decent size and bright, too. It has two windows, a closet, and an en suite white-tiled windowed bath.


The apartment has southern and western exposures, new AC, and a closet in the foyer. It has a 24-hour doorman, bike room, fitness room, laundry room, and a gorgeous roof deck with views of the UN, East River, and Chrysler Building. The building does not accept dogs.

McFadden’s Saloon and a Patsy’s Pizzeria are just a block from Prospect Tower, and lots of other East Side eateries are just a quick walk from 45 Tudor City Place.

The nearest subways are the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S four blocks west at Grand Central Terminal, where you can also catch trains on Metro-North’s Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines. The M42 crosstown bus stops at the corner of Tudor City Place and East 42nd Street.