Hudson View Gardens

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Coordinates: 40°51′14.88″N 73°56′20.56″W / 40.8541333°N 73.9390444°W / 40.8541333; -73.9390444

Building D, showing the Tudor revival stye
The entrance to Building R, one of the four-story walk-up buildings

Hudson View Gardens is a cooperative apartment complex located on Pinehurst Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard in the near vicinity of West 183rd and 185th Streets in the Hudson Heights neighborhood of the Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City. It overlooks the Hudson River to the west and Bennett Park – which includes Manhattan's highest natural point – to the east. The complex was constructed as a housing cooperative from 1923 to 1925.[1]

At a time when some believed that only the wealthy or poor could afford to live in Manhattan[citation needed], affordable urban housing was viewed a solution to the problem of the middle-class flight to the suburbs. Dr. Charles V. Paterno, a real estate developer, purchased land on Pinehurst Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard, between West 182nd and 186th Streets, across the street from his estate, atop a ridge above the Hudson River. His plan was to create a "garden community" of cooperative apartments to attract those who wanted the comforts of the new suburbs but wanted to reside in New York City.

The project was designed by George F. Pelham, a noted architects of the time, with landscaping by landscape architect Robert B. Cridland from Philadelphia.[2] Pelham's fifteen buildings in the complex occupy 40% of the 3.869-acre (15,660 m2) site.[3] The nine six-story elevator buildings and six four-story walk-ups were situated to make use of the open space and the expansive views of the Hudson River and Bennett Park to the west.[4] Its use of Tudor-style architectural elements in the facade came two years before the construction of Tudor City, the other major Tudor complex in Manhattan. The AIA Guide to New York City describes the complex as "Scarsdale Tudor."[5]

Pelham also designed another apartment building in the neighborhood, The Pinehurst, which was built in 1907 at the corner of Fort Washington Avenue and West 180th Street.[6] Pelham's son, George F. Pelham Jr., was the architect of Castle Village, a Hudson Heights neighbor of Hudson View Gardens across Cabrini Avenue, which was built in 1938.[5]

At the time of its construction, Hudson View Gardens was the largest housing cooperative in New York and one of the earliest aimed at the middle class. Today it is known throughout Hudson Heights as the home of beautifully manicured gardens, its own children's playground, and U.S. mail delivered directly to each apartment.[7] Community events are hosted in the Hudson View Lounge, many of which are free and open to the public.

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Notes

  1. ^ Kahn, Robert. New York City. New York: Little Bookroom, 2002
  2. ^ "HVG History" on the Hudson View Gardens wesbite
  3. ^ Plunz, Richard. A History of Housing in New York City: Dwelling Type and Social Change in the American Metropolis. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990
  4. ^ Dolkart, Andrew S. "Hudson View Gardens: A Home in The City," 20 SITES 34 (1988)
  5. ^ a b White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot with Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195383867. , p.571
  6. ^ "History of The Pinehurst" The Pinehurst Co-Operative Apartments
  7. ^ "HVG Today", Hudson View Gardens website

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