So many faces haunting New York streets

Some of the faces carved into city buildings are beautiful and peaceful. Others, like these, seem pained and distressed. What’s the story behind their expressions and why they’re paired up? If only we knew.

In the West Village, this man and woman are locked in a gloomy stare:

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Troubled spirits East of Union Square:

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On the facade of the Camelot, a tenement in the South Bronx, these two have never actually seen each other:

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5 Responses to “So many faces haunting New York streets”

  1. Fenris Says:

    In NYC this January, a friend and I noticed that one of the faces on the Fort Amsterdam building just east of Battery park (Broadway/Whitehall side) bore a startling resemblance to the newly-inaugurated President Obama.

  2. Gabe Says:

    Just discovered your site and it is wonderful.

    I lived at 352 E. 139th (Camelot) from 1977 to 1990. The Camelot sign was added in the mid 80s when a movie was filmed on the street. The building was dressed up for exterior shots with added grunge to the facade and antique Christmas lights along with the sign.

    • wildnewyork Says:

      Thanks! Interesting about the facade; so you were living in a movie set. Do you remember what movie it was for?

      • Gabe Says:

        When I first moved in, I lived on the fifth floor for two years and then moved to the first floor around 1979. The movie was called “Sun and Moon” at least that was the production name that was used. I believe that one of the actors in the film was Jose Ferrer.

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    I’ll have to watch out for that one. I get a kick out of any movie actually filmed on location in the city.

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