The pineapples of New York City

Pineapples have been symbols of hospitality for centuries; no wonder they adorn so many of the doors, railings, and fences of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

This one is attached to a circa-1800s house on 16th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Chelsea.

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5 Responses to “The pineapples of New York City”

  1. mark Says:

    Is that not a pine cone?, because pineapple does not look like that; even if you invert it

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    On closer inspection, maybe you’re right. I thought it was as close to a pineapple as the ironworker who made it could manage.

  3. Steve Says:

    It is a stylized pineapple. Not very easy to make a completely realistic one and reproduce for a mass market out of cast iron. These are very common, and are most definitely pineapples.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    That’s what I thought; it would be difficult to make a really detailed cast iron pineapple. Thanks for the clarification.

  5. The loveliest row of houses in Chelsea « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] out the pineapple, a traditional symbol of hospitality, on the black iron newel at number […]

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