Posts Tagged ‘street art in New York City’

The pugs of East Seventh Street

March 8, 2010

I’ve seen New York tenement stoops flanked by carvings of lions, dragons, grotesques, even topless women.

But I haven’t seen many dogs—like this little pug (and his buddy on the left side of the stairs, not pictured), both in repose outside a tenement in the East Village.

Someone give him a new coat of paint….

Who watches you on the streets of New York

August 22, 2009

Faces and grotesques are all over the city’s buildings, smiling or frowning at passersby through the years. It’s rarer to see a full-length sculpted figure looking down from a tenement to the street below, which is why these two are so eye-catching.


The woman above, who adorns a tenement on a Lexington Avenue corner in the 80s, looks like Botticelli’s Venus flipped around—with the shell on her head instead of at her feet. Her hand clutches what looks like a weapon, not her hair.


Partly obscured by the support bracket of an old fire escape, this figure, on a West Fourth Street and 10th Street walkup, strikes roughly the same pose. I wonder what is at its feet.

The man on the moon on West 21st Street

May 15, 2009

This iron fence outside a residence between Eighth and Ninth Avenues pays homage to the iconic image from A Trip to the Moon, a 1902 French sci-fi film in which a spaceship from Earth lands in the moon’s eye.


The film—only about 8 minutes!—is pretty wild. Watch it here. The rocket in the eye scene happens about 4 minutes in.