The Rockville Tudor

Built in 1929, the Rockville Tudor was a ground-breaking luxury apartment building responding the village’s population boom in the late 1920’s. This +4-story brick and masonry building was the first elevated building of its kind on the south shore of Long Island.

Informally known as “The Wedge,” the Rockville Tudor was home to the rich and the famous, including socialites and renowned pilot, Captain Frank M. Hawkes. Adding to the prestige was the Rockville Grille, a fine dining establishment catering to the elite until its licenses and permits were revoked due to patrons enjoying a frolicking good time during the Prohibition.

In the decades that followed, the Rockville Tudor served as a communications center for the Rockville Centre Civil Defense Council during WWII. The Rockville Tudor’s roof was used as a look-out for submarines. After the war, the Rockville Tudor opened its doors to returning veterans.

In 1989, the Rockville Tudor converted to a cooperative residential corporation, the Rockville Tudor Apt. Corp., and has since transitioned to a completely owner-occupied community.

Today, the building is undergoing a revitalization to restore the original character of this landmark while upgrading the building and services towards current codes.

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Building Information

General79 owner-occupied cooperative apartment building with two-bedroom (12), one-bedroom (52), and studio (15) units.
Address12 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. At the corner of Hempstead and North Village Avenues.
Year Built 1929.
Construction4-story, plus full basement, steel and wood frame masonry building.
Access3 entries to the building’s 2 Great Hall Lobby and 2 entries to the lower level.
SecurityA single key fob grants access to all entries and the fitness center. Video intercoms, w/ remote smartphone access, at each of the three main entries. CCTV camera throughout.
Grounds2 Landscaped courtyards with front yards along both Avenues and 2 landscaped courtyards leading to the building’s 3 entries and the Great Hall lobby.
LobbyCentral, ornate Great Hall lobby with stained-glass windows, coffered-ceilings, terrazzo floors, chandelier and fireplace (decorative).
Hallways9-foot high and wide hallways with terrazzo floors and decorative plaster walls.
Utilities/ServicesElectrical: sub-metered, Town of RVC. Each apartment has 40-amp service.
Natural gas: sub-metered, National Grid.
Telephone: Verizon FiOS and Altice (fiber)
Heating: steam (one-pipe), included in maintenance.
Water: Town of RVC, included in maintenance.
ElevatorsElevator access to each floor (note: landmark building is not ADA compliant).
ApartmentsHardwood floors through (except bathrooms and kitchens).
9-foot high ceilings and, usually, plaster and lath walls.
New, double-paned windows 2’-6” wide x 5’-8” high (1’-8” wide x 3’-8” high at bathrooms).
AmenitiesFitness Center (newly renovated) with cardio, strength, and functional fitness area and 3 Peloton bikes.
Laundry Room (newly renovated), Bicycle Storage Room and Storage Bins (4 ft. w. x 4 ft. d. x 8 ft. h.).
StaffFull-time superintendent.
ManagementAlexander Wolf & Company, Inc.
Transportation2 blocks from Rockville Centre LIRR station (Babylon line). 35-minute express train to NYC.
ParkingAdjacent municipal lot (31 parking spaces) and across North Village Avenue (51 parking spaces).
TaxesEligible for the STAR program. Maintenance deductibility has recently ranged btw. 37% to 43%.
ZoningSection 38, Block 159, Lot 9