Posts Tagged ‘Astor Place subway station’

The beavers of New York City

September 1, 2010

New Yorkers made a fortune off the fur of this water-loving rodent 400 years ago, and its image adorns the city’s official seal as well as public and private buildings.

This one at left decorates the Municipal Building at Centre Street.

The similar little guy on the right can be found on elevator doors inside 125 Worth Street, headquarters of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

But the coolest beaver image of all is this one, carved above a doorway at 16 West 32nd Street in the heart of Koreatown. I’d love to know what the building was once used for.

One more cute little beaver lives underground—in the Astor Place subway station, appropriately enough.