Culture on the Cheap
Seeing Double in Sunnyside
During my latest sojourn to Sunnyside I happened upon a house on 38th Street that shone head and shoulders over its neighbors.
St. Francis stands guard over the front door.
As I moved in closer to take the above photo, a battery-operated bird started chirping. The overall effect was a shinier, happier version of The Abominable Doctor Phibes. If Mr. Phibes decided to drop a lot of acid and move into a row house in Queens, that is.
Two captains silently hold court over this electronic menagerie from an air conditioning unit on the second story.
I saw the person who lives here; he is a teeny tiny old man. Had to be in his 70’s at the very youngest. I strongly suspect him to be a widower because I can’t imagine a woman living in this animatronic domicile. A woman’s touch this house decidedly lacks.