Stanton and Clinton Streets on the Lower east side, a completely ordinary building for this neighborhood. Something about one of the terracotta decorations caught my eye. I didn’t know what it was, it seemed a bit ugly, but looking at it closely it seems horrifying.
I don’t know what the artist’s intentions were but to me it looks like a drowning baby trapped under the debris of a sinking ship about to be eaten by fishes. Your interpretations may vary.
The Center’s mission is to foster, promote and support the development of the arts, in its various disciplines, within the Puerto Rican – Latino Community. csvcenter.org I always wondered about this building on Rivington and Suffolk Streets.
It used to be covered in graffiti.
But with the exterior renovation recently complete, it looks amazingly clean and bright.
The iron work on the staircases and exterior gates is impressive. There is still much work to do on the interior of this 1897 building.
I came for an OHNY guided tour but there was no one at the front desk, or anywhere else I went in the building.
Abrazo Interno Gallery
Gaudhi is involved in the Center’s outreach program. He’s a DJ, artist and furniture maker. I met him after my self guided tour.
The Schermerhorn Building: 380 Lafayette Street, New York, N.Y. 10003 Built: April 7, 1888, to Feb. 25, 1889
It doesn’t look like it was once a synagogue but the themes of the decoration are Jewish. Not that the more common Christian based gargoyles and such are any less strange, but these seem unusual to me. Elizabeth and Bayard Streets on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Stars of David and boobies? There must be something else that they represent, but what it is I don’t know.
A beast face and a scroll motif. Any ideas on what is represented?