The book-reading grotesque of City College

This bookish figure, one of many intricately carved grotesques, makes his home on the lovely Gothic City College campus on 137th Street.

I wonder what he’s reading.

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7 Responses to “The book-reading grotesque of City College”

  1. Joe R Says:

    Wow! I went to CCNY years back and I don’t remember ever seeing that fellow. Do you recall which of the buildings you saw it on? Was it Shepherd Hall?

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Unfortunately I didn’t take down the name of the building. But it was off a driveway or driveway-like road that curved around a hillside and offered an incredible view of Harlem below.

    • Joe R Says:

      That must have been St Nicholas Terrace, which runs between CCNY and St Nicholas Park, which is a southern part of Coogan’s Bluff. And it must be Shepard Hall, as it’s the only gothic building that borders that street. In my day, the park was seriously dangerous so we never walked back there so I never knew what was back there..

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  6. Audrey Burtrum-Stanley Says:

    If you are a fan of such decorative building adornments as water-spouts, gargoyles and grotesque faces, don’t fail to look up some photos / or visit the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. It took 80-some yrs to build and features highly ornate, artistic adornments by the late-Frederick Hart (I did his obit / bio on FIND A GRAVE) plus greatly amusing creatures by several other talents. I was also a friend of the late-Vincent Palumbo, the last Master Carver on the project and he was full of terrific stories about how they chose these unique designs and even held a contest for the creation of one of the pieces – a playful pet dog. The structure has an array of funny, mystical and amazing characters all over the upper regions. My favorite is: ‘the Crooked Lawyer, who has his back pocket filled with a wad of dollars as he tips a Scales Of Justice he is holding in his hand!’ (HA!) All these special carved stone adornments are similar to the ones presented by Ephemeral; Through the magic of computers, you can enjoy them too!

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