a walking tour of Manhattan

by Paul Ford, Leonida and George's grandson

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a few days in New York in October, 2014. While there I visited as many places of interest to the family as I could.

262 Central Park West is an imposing fifteen-story building that occupies the entire block between 86th and 87th Streets. Completed in 1928, it was known as the White House Apartments because of its white-brick exterior. It became a co-op in 1962.

Before 262, the Oxford stood on the same block at 265 CPW. Leonida and her parents moved there in 1907 or 1908. Thomas Krajewski was living at this address when he died in 1913. George Fudakowski joined the Krajewski family there in 1918, when he married Leonida.

The family moved to 261 CPW after 265 was torn down to make way for the 86th Street subway station. Rose Krajewski, Leonida Fudakowska, and her children Thomas and George lived there until 1926, when the family moved to Connecticut.

The elder George Fudakowski lived at 111 West 75th Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue prior to his marriage to grandmother. A four-story, ten-unit brownstone apartment building, it was built in 1900 and renovated in 1977. Both the building and the rest of the block are well kept up today.

St Patrick's Cathedral, at Fifth Avenue and 51st Street, is where George and Leonida were married. On this visit, its spires were obscured by scaffolding, and there was more scaffolding in the sanctuary.

Leonida moved to 40 East 48th Street at Madison Avenue in early 1918. The building is no longer there. The block is now entirely commercial with JP Morgan Chase headquarters on the southeast side of the street at 270 Park Avenue.

Saint Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Roman Catholic Church, 101 East 7th Street, is between First Avenue and Avenue A, near Tompkins Square Park. Of Gothic design and dedicated in 1901, it was the first Polish-American church in the greater New York City area. Its pastor, John Strzelecki, married George and Leonida. Saint Stanislaus remains one of the few Polish-language churches in the US.

109 East 7th Street was Strelecki's address in 1918. A three-story residence, built in 1920, now stands at this address, next door to the church.

Fudakowski-Krajewski family home