Yet I’m pretty sure this is the first bat I’ve ever come across.
He’s enjoying the warm evening on a playfully ornamented Queen Anne row house on West End Avenue at about West 76th Street.
Often a particular animal symbolizes something. Honeybees adorn bank buildings because they stand for industry and thrift. Owls convey knowledge, which is why they tend to be built on schools and libraries.
But a bat? I think it’s just the architect with a dark sense of humor.
Among the other animals adorning the row house or its neighbors are rams, owls, and somethings that look to be inspired by sea horses.