Posts Tagged ‘gargoyles’

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.

Four men hanging out on a 41st Street building

May 18, 2011

The history of the building they’re on, at 114 West 41st Street, holds the key to who these Medieval-looking men are and why they were carved into the facade in the first place.

It must have had something to do with the trades.

Each cross-legged figure is doing something: The first is holding a heavy hammer, the next one has a wheel or gear in one hand and a tool in the other.

The third man cradles an object in his arms I can’t make out. A globe? The fourth grips two cups.

The building is empty; the owners have a big sign up trying to attract new tenants to this space in the center of what they’re called the city’s “transportation triangle.”

Too bad the website offers to hint as to who built it and why.

Who watches you on the streets of New York

March 4, 2009

Some faces are beautiful and angelic, like this one on a dingy storefront on West 14th Street:














Then there are the sad-eyed and frightful. This man stands watch outside a tenement in the East 70s:


So many faces haunting New York streets

November 14, 2008

Some of the faces carved into city buildings are beautiful and peaceful. Others, like these, seem pained and distressed. What’s the story behind their expressions and why they’re paired up? If only we knew.

In the West Village, this man and woman are locked in a gloomy stare:


Troubled spirits East of Union Square:


On the facade of the Camelot, a tenement in the South Bronx, these two have never actually seen each other:


New Yorkers looking down on you

October 17, 2008

As you walk along the street, that is. Carved into tenement apartment buildings put up around the turn of the last century, these two have been keeping an eye on things for the last 100 years.

This girl watches over a tenement in the East Village:
















A warning from a dude with a pained expression and a terrific mustache stuck on a Bushwick brownstone opposite Maria Hernandez Park: