The dragons guarding a Chinatown tenement

They’re grimy and could use a fresh coat of paint, but these dragon-shaped handrails at the entrance to a Chinatown walk-up are pretty neat:

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3 Responses to “The dragons guarding a Chinatown tenement”

  1. CelestialCharms Says:

    Such ornate loveliness!

  2. Kaz Says:

    It’s the special touches like this that make the older buildings so wonderful. I bet those little dragons gave the building they belonged to quite a bit of personality. It’s really a shame that today’s builders seem to think blank is better.

    I used to work in the Pershing Square building on 42nd Street, and it was certainly much more beautiful than anything built in the last forty years, with gorgeous detail.

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