Seeing Double in Sunnyside

June 29, 2007 by
Filed under: Area 51, Greenpoint Magic 

During my latest sojourn to Sunnyside I happened upon a house on 38th Street that shone head and shoulders over its neighbors.

St. Francis

St. Francis stands guard over the front door.

I know why the (electronic) caged bird sings

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.

The Rowhouse of Dr. Phibes

Two captains silently hold court over this electronic menagerie from an air conditioning unit on the second story.

Captain and First Mate

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.

Perhaps I should set this gentleman up with a woman who lives on my block? Not only does she have a taste for the artificial, but she could knit some nice gate cozies for him.

Miss Heather


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