The strange and scary faces of Chelsea
Every city neighborhood has its share of fascinating figures and faces carved into buildings.
But the ones staring out from the 19th century tenements of Chelsea have got to be some of the oddest.
On some blocks, it seems like every other residence has a few—like this woman at left, on 21st Street off Seventh Avenue, with vacant eyes and fruit around her neck.
This mustached man (top right) peers down from a doorway on 22nd Street off Seventh Avenue.
The grayish-blue head (at right) is also from the same stretch of 22nd Street. His wide eyes and open mouth give the impression that he’s frozen in fear.
I love the helmet-clad soldier who looks to at his head-scarfed partner across the facade of a 22nd Street building. They’ve been meeting each other’s eyes for probably a century.
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