• Short Summary

    AN AMERICAN HOUSING PROJECT DESIGNED TO PROVIDE "TOTAL FACILITIES FOR TOTAL LIVING" IS NEARING COMPLETION ON NEW YORK'S LONG ISLAND, AND ALREADY SOME RESIDENTS HAVE MOVED IN.

  • Description

    AN AMERICAN HOUSING PROJECT DESIGNED TO PROVIDE "TOTAL FACILITIES FOR TOTAL LIVING" IS NEARING COMPLETION ON NEW YORK'S LONG ISLAND, AND ALREADY SOME RESIDENTS HAVE MOVED IN. CALLED "LEFRAK CITY" AFTER ITS BUILDER AND OWNER, THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF 20 BUILDING THEM WITH ALL THE FACILITIES NEEDED FOR LIVING IN A MODERN SOCIETY -- FROM SHOPS, RECREATION AREAS AND SCHOOLS TO DOCTORS' AND DENTISTS' SURGERIES.

    LEFRAK CITY, DUE FOR COMPLETION LATER THIS YEAR, IS CLAIMED TO BE THE LARGEST PRIVATELY FINANCED APARTMENT COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD. IT'S RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE THERE WITHOUT, IF THEY SHOULD SO DESIRE, EVER SETTING FOOT OUTSIDE. THE LEFRAK CITY HOUSEWIVES WILL BE ABLE TO BUY EVERYTHING THEY NEED FROM ITS SHOPS, LEAVE SOILED CLOTHING AT A LAUNDRY OR DRY-CLEANERS, ATTEND A BEAUTY PARLOUR, OR POST A LETTER AT THE POST OFFICE.

    IF THEY OR THEIR FAMILIES BECOME ILL THERE WILL BE 29 DOCTORS AND SIX DENTISTS. AND FOR RECREATION THERE IS, FOR INSTANCE, THE SWIMMING POOLS, TENNIS COURTS, SKATING RINKS, A HEALTH CLUB, AND RESTAURANTS, BARS AND A CINEMA FOR THE NON-ATHLETIC TYPES. FOR CHILDREN IN LEFRAK CITY THERE'S A PRIMARY SCHOOL. AND IF THE FAMILY'S TELEVISION SET BREAKS DOWN THEY SIMPLY DIAL FOR A REPAIR MAN. SWIFT ELEVATORS TAKE THE EFFORT OUT OF GETTING UP AND DOWN 17 STORIES.

    LEFRAK CITY'S OWNER, MR. SAMUEL LEFRAK, PROUDLY CLAIMS THAT IT REPRESENTS THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN COMMUNAL LIVING -- THAT IT "USHERS AMERICA TO THE VERY THRESHOLD OF THE GREAT SOCIETY." AND LEFRAK CITY DOES NO JUST ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY LIVING -- IT MAKES IT ALL BUT INESCAPABLE. OTHER HOUSING PROJECTS ARE BUILT TO MAINTAIN PRIVACY, BUT IN LEFRAK CITY THE ONLY WAY A RESIDENT CAN BE ALONE IS WHEN HE CLOSES HIS APARTMENT DOOR -- AND SINCE THIS IS A SOCIALISING KIND OF PLACE, CLOSING THE DOOR IS NO GUARANTEE OF PRIVACY EITHER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5TWJ4GEEWLMN7NPLVKQQG4EJL
    Media URN:
    VLVA5TWJ4GEEWLMN7NPLVKQQG4EJL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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