The busty ladies on a Henry Street tenement

There is something rather unsettling about these two women, fronting a tenement entrance on a stretch of Chinatown’s Henry Street.

It’s not the fact that they are thrusting their chests out—it’s the facial expressions, like demented dolls. They and the bearded man in the middle have been creeping out residents and passersby for at least a hundred years.

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5 Responses to “The busty ladies on a Henry Street tenement”

  1. Big Sis Says:

    The bearded man type found in these old buildings– I think it is usually referred to as a “green man”.

  2. Tish Says:

    Makes me sad that the lady on the right’s nose is missing. Beautiful photo.

    Love this site, can’t remember how I stumbled on it but I’m a devoted fan.

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks! The bearded man could be Green Man, but I wonder if a reader who suggested it might be a depiction of Poseidon might be on to something:

    scroll all the way down: http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/contact-ephemeral-new-york/

  4. BestBrian Says:

    Poseiden and Sirens?

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