Affiliated with the nearby Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Alabama dates back to the mid-19th century, going through various incarnations as a hotel, apartment house, co-op, and now a dorm, it seems.
There’s nothing unusual about the building at all. It has typical period detailing and decorative elements . . . except for the very late 20th century–looking man’s face above the front entrance.
Gargoyles, the Green Man sculptures, griffins—these are all pretty normal for a 19th century New York residence.
But who is this cool person in sunglasses and a cowboy hat, and why does he look a little like Tom Petty?