Wednesday, March 7, 2007
"A horse is a horse, of course, of course . . ."
Greenwich Village is filled with historic homes and buildings. The fact that some of the streets still have their cobblestones is icing on the cake. And if you spend much time walking in the Village, you'll notice residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings that clearly weren't constructed with their present occupants in mind. There are a couple of old police precinct buildings, some breweries, fire stations, and, in the case of this post, stables. Indeed, within just a few blocks of my home, there are several buildings reminding one that Manhattan was once dominated by horses and carriages, rather than the now ubiquitous bright yellow-orange cabs. And although you might immediately conclude that a horse's head protruding from a building represents a unique architectural embellishment for an urban stable, this building is only one of several that I've noticed with prominent equine heads. So enjoy a bit of old New York City.