The cats and dogs of East 68th Street

New York buildings are decorated with all kinds of creatures.

Horses, sheep, owls, rabbits, and squirrels are some of the most popular animal motifs.

But for a city so crazy for cats and dogs, it’s not often you see canine and feline figures decorating building facades.

The 1930s co-op at 116 East 68th Street (above) is an exception. Carved into its stone doorways is a menagerie of pelicans, owls, and rabbits—but also cats, a bulldog, and two hounds.

They’re not cuddly critters; they look rather menacing actually. For more dogs of New York City, meet the East Village pugs, guarding a tenement on East Seventh Street.

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