SMITH, ALFRED E. HOUSES
21 St. James Place
New York, NY 10038
(212) 267-2591 Fax (212) 406-3935
St. James Place/Madison Street
Catherine Street/South Street
4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge
J, M, Z to Chambers Street
R, N to City Hall
2, 3 to Park Place – back of the train (walk towards Brooklyn Bridge)
M22, M15 to Madison Street and St. James Place
NAMED AFTER: ALFRED E. SMITH (1873-1944) – A vigorous reformer as Governor of New York, Smith became the first Roman Catholic to win the nomination of a major political party for President of the United States in 1928. However, Smith, dubbed the "Happy Warrior'" by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who nominated him, lost to Herbert Hoover. Smith only won eight states and even lost New York, principally because of a backlash against Roman Catholics. As Governor, Smith reorganized the state government and gained legislation for better housing, child welfare, better factory conditions and better state parks. Smith Houses is in Manhattan.
SITE STATISTICS AND DESCRIPTION:
Governor Alfred E. Smith Houses in Manhattan has 12 buildings, 15, 16 and 17-stories tall with 1,931 apartments housing some 4,316 people. The 21.75-acre complex was completed April 1, 1953 and is bordered by St. James Place, Madison, Catherine and South Streets.