Tuesday, January 14, 2014
This is one of a quartet of early nineteenth century buildings - 502-508 Canal Street - far on the West Side. 506 (above) was built in 1826, and you can read more about its history here, in the landmark designation report of 1998. In the 1990s a pottery studio, Pottery in Soho, operated out of 506, but I have no idea about the meaning of the mysterious sign above its door today. 502 - 506 are all owned by Ponte Equities, and 502 & 504 in particular have suffered from serious neglect over the years.
The sign haunts me, and reminds me of lines from the poem National Trust, by Tony Harrison:
The dumb go down in history and disappear
and not one gentleman's been brought to book:
Mes den hep tavas a-gollas y dyr
'the tongueless man gets his land took.'
An ironic reminder of course, given its uber-wealthy location, but fitting enough for our city today.