Posts Tagged ‘bas relief on city buildings’

The angry chicks of Brooklyn Heights

March 17, 2010

These baby birds, carved into the entryway of a Henry Street apartment house, seem mighty pissed off as they stare at the sidewalk.

Come on little hatchlings, it’s almost Spring!

Angels with dirty faces on Madison Street

June 11, 2009

These little cherubs have been stationed outside this tenement in Lower Manhattan for probably a century at least. They’re a very sweet sight on an otherwise rundown city block.


No wonder they’re covered in grime: the building they’re carved into is just feet away from elevated subway tracks.

The dragons guarding a Chinatown tenement

March 12, 2009

They’re grimy and could use a fresh coat of paint, but these dragon-shaped handrails at the entrance to a Chinatown walk-up are pretty neat: