More owls greet you in Midtown. Two identical to the one here guard the entrance of Herald Square, the little patch of green east of Macy’s.
They were part of a collection of 26 bronze owls perched on top of the headquarters of the New York Herald, the incredible Stanford White-designed building that stood here from 1895 to 1921.
James Gordon Bennett, publisher of the Herald, had a thing for owls. Not only did he decorate his building with them, he reportedly kept live owls as pets and wanted to be buried in an owl-shaped casket.
That last idea didn’t work out. But he did do something similarly spooky: He electrified the eyes of the owls on the Herald Building’s (and now in Herald Square) majestic Minerva statue and clock tower glowed green on the hour.
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