Culture on the Cheap
Same Borough, Different Worlds
You can really tell a lot about a neighborhood by how its residents choose to decorate their properties. I recently came across two different houses: one is located in Greenpoint, the other in Bushwick. Both employ canine statuary, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The messages these home owners intended to convey could not be more different.
First up, here’s a stoop from Housman Street.
The tinsel, silk flowers and icicle lights (all preferred articles of decoration in Greenpoint) exude Easter time cheer. To further enhance this effect the home owner placed a cherubic little lab puppy on his stoop. As you can see, it bears a sign which reads “WELCOME”.
Now let’s take a look at this house on Eldert Street in Bushwick.
The wreath is rather nice— in fact I’d go so far as to say it is of Martha Stewart-esque quality. But that down home cozy feeling is somewhat diminished by the presence of a security camera (which can be seen above the horse shoe). If the chains used to secure this canine ambassador to the fence are any indication, he must be one nasty character.
In closing, I do not think I would want to be this house’s mailman.