We just returned from Open House New York Weekend with a lot to share! In the interest of showing you something you don't already know about this city of iconic buildings and neighborhoods (or at least something you're less likely to know), here is one of the many notable 1920's apartment developments located in the historic district of Jackson Heights, Queens. The district contains the nation's first large-scale co-op garden community, a collection of complexes developed by Edward MacDougall's Queensboro Corporation, and described by architect Robert A.M. Stern as "a model urban suburbia that demonstrates as none have since what high-density housing in the city could be."
The Towers, 3315-3351 80th Street and 3316-3352 81st Street at 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights, constructed in 1924, designed by A.J. Thomas in the Tuscan style. According to the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, this mammoth eight-building complex may be the most elaborate garden cooperative in the neighborhood, and is noted for its signature towers, its griffined limestone and brick entry gates to the garden, and its baldacchino (don't worry-- I had to look it up too: a stone or marble structure built in the form of a canopy, especially over the alter of a church) in the Noel Chamberlain-designed garden.
Impressive towers crown each corner of this complex, which covers nearly a full city-block. The buildings are rich with architectural features and ornamentation, and easily hold their own when compared to many Manhattan apartment houses, with an important distinction: these were (and are) affordable family-sized apartment homes.