HISTORY OF THE CRYDER HOUSE
The Cryder House was constructed on part of the estate originally
owned by Harvey Firestone from Ohio.
Prior to the construction of the building of Cryder House, the six
acre property was known as Michel on the Sound, owned by Mrs.
Laschlea Michel since 1941. The rambling, majestic white house
was surrounded by verandahs and magnificent gardens.
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school year and as a day camp during the summer months. Mrs. Michel sold the property
to Chutick and Sudakoff, builders, in 1959. Cryder House was designed by Hausman
and Rosenberg, architects, and when completed in 1962, was advertised as the most
exclusive luxury building in Queens. Under consideration was a private water skimming
hydrofoil boat for daily commuting to Manhattan, complete with morning coffee and
evening cocktails. The apartments were offered as Long Island’s most expensive rental
apartments, at an average of $80 monthly per room. Amenities included private
swimming pool, outdoor dining terrace to supplement the glass-walled private restaurant
and 500-foot beach with private boat mooring and fishing dock. The only original feature
left untouched from Michel on the Sound is the fountain in the circle.
The first tenants moved in 1962 and there are a few original tenants still living here. The
building became a cooperative in December, 1968.
Cryder House is the recipient of a plaque designating it one of the top ten co-ops in New
York. It has also been cited for outstanding design and won the First Prize Award from
the Queens Chamber of Commerce in 1963.
Special thanks to Ms. Lillian Berliner. Our writer and researcher is Diane Cohen
Meet Stanley Rosenberg, the Architect of The Cryder House
This interview was conducted by Diane Cohen on December 12, 2006.
"What is unique about the Cryder House?"
"When it was built, it predated glass-enclosed residences. We wanted to take advantage of the
great views and give apartments light, air and views. The building is brick, steel and glass. The
brick has a relationship to the brick buildings in the community. The building faces east and
can withstand very strong winds."
"What was it like to design such a tall residential building then?"
"There had been other tall buildings, but not in this area. The site was owned by Jack Chutick
and Harry Sudakof of Great Neck. The property was one-third under water. We filed plans at the
Buildings Department. However we used the entire square footage of the property to get the
Floor Area Ratio in order to build up. The Buildings Department agreed with our calculations.
The Buildings Superintendent at the time was Mr. Hy Sigman. The parking area is in the back of
the building and it does not impose on the front or sides of the building."
"What were the area and neighborhood like back then?"
The neighborhood was low-rise small houses. There was only one small apartment building. All
of the records and drawings of the Cryder House are at the New York Historical Society."
"In addition to The Cryder House, what other buildings have you built?"
"A building which now houses the Bank of America on Fifth Avenue and 48th Street, the Lincoln
Square Synagogue, many projects in the Bronx, a New York City Housing Authority building in
Brooklyn, at least 20 synagogues, yeshivas, fire houses, and libraries."
"From the building, was there access to the shoreline?"
"Yes, the property sloped down to the water." ("I told Mr. Rosenberg that now there is a
retaining wall to limit erosion.") "The property goes beyond the pier. There are strong currents
in the East River and there is very good striped bass fishing from the shore."
"Is there a reason the front of the building faces east?"
"The property dictated the way the building is situated. The building was built as a luxury
Michel on the Sound was a favorite spot for many people, who came out for the day and
spent it playing tennis, swimming in the pool or sound, playing cards or just relaxing
and socializing. On weekends, there were generally 200 to 250 guests. The establishment
also provided a haven for post surgery patients who recuperated there, as well as for
entertainers who just relaxed after the closing of a concert tour or a Broadway play.