Posts Tagged ‘gargoyles and grotesques in New York City’

The men at work and rest on Park Avenue South

December 15, 2011


The apartment building at 55 Park Avenue South looks like a typical expensive and elegant pre-war residence.

So why did the developer put these carved images of men on the facade?

One is reading, one is thinking with a broom in his hand. One looks like he’s tying a string around a small package.

And the man with what looks like a pail? I don’t have any idea what he is doing. But I like him.

The book-reading grotesque of City College

July 16, 2010

This bookish figure, one of many intricately carved grotesques, makes his home on the lovely Gothic City College campus on 137th Street.

I wonder what he’s reading.

Who watches you on St. Mark’s Place

January 18, 2010

She does, with the medusa-like hair, from the high floor of a St. Mark’s walkup building. 

I wonder what she has seen over the years.