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The garogyles hanging out over 181st Street

April 16, 2012

The apartment building they’re carved into doesn’t appear to be anything special.

And thanks to what looks like decades of dirt and grime, these gargoyles are easy to miss.

But if you happen to be on 181st Street between Broadway and Fort Washington Avenue, look up and check out these goofy, expressive faces and figures.

They decorate two sides of the six-story residence, which looks like it dates to the 1930s.

Could they be inspired by the Cloisters, not too far away, with its treasure of Medieval gargoyles from Europe?