Being Watched As You Come And Go

On a recent visit to New York City, as I was walking through the East Village, I noticed this entrance to the building at 70 East 3rd Street. It’s a simple single door, yet it’s framed by decorative columns, a stone arch and a carved face of a bearded man overlooking the entrance. It’s like this figure is watching everyone who comes and goes from the building! I’m trying to research to see if there’s any information on this carved face, but all I’ve found out so far is that this building was built in 1920 and is a six-story apartment building with 24 units. If you know anything about this building or this carved face, please share with us in the comments section below.

architecture with carved face of a bearded man on East 3rd Street NYC

If, by chance, you have an interest in NYC architecture or East Village history, there’s a good read here, titled “A History of the East Village and Its Architecture,” by Francis Morrone with chapters by Rebecca Amato and Jean Arrington. Maybe I shouldn’t call it a “good read,” since that sounds kind of casual … it is in fact a 246 page PDF! But there is lots of great info and pictures, if you’re interested in these things (as I am, since I used to live in the East Village years ago).

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