The history of the building they’re on, at 114 West 41st Street, holds the key to who these Medieval-looking men are and why they were carved into the facade in the first place.
It must have had something to do with the trades.
Each cross-legged figure is doing something: The first is holding a heavy hammer, the next one has a wheel or gear in one hand and a tool in the other.
The third man cradles an object in his arms I can’t make out. A globe? The fourth grips two cups.
The building is empty; the owners have a big sign up trying to attract new tenants to this space in the center of what they’re called the city’s “transportation triangle.”
Too bad the website offers to hint as to who built it and why.
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