The birdmen of an Upper East Side building

Lots of buildings in the city are decorated with bird sculptures and reliefs. But I think this the first time I’ve seen birdlike hybrids with very human-looking legs standing guard on an apartment house.

These four, plus another four on the other side, adorn the facade of a prewar building in the East 60s off Fifth Avenue.

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4 Responses to “The birdmen of an Upper East Side building”

  1. FGFM Says:

    I think those are stylized griffins.

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  3. Eric S Says:

    These are cool! Hey, sort-of on topic, have you noticed the brass rats scurrying up the cantilever cables on the Lexington Ave entrance to Grand Central? I just noticed them for the first time yesterday. Wonder what their back story is.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    Oh yeah, I love those rats! Here’s more:
    http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/the-rats-of-the-graybar-building/

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