Franklin Street / New York, New York
I love these kinds of places - architectural salvage from days gone by. This one is in trendy Tribeca but there are a number of them scattered throughout the city. On occasion I drive by one in Harlem that I keep meaning to stop at as I'm sure there would be some interesting stuff there. I look at these relics whether they be statues, architectural ornamentation or structural components and wonder their origins - what purpose they served within a larger context - the daily activity that went on around them. The only thing I know of the mermaid is that at some point she arrived here in Manhattan from Paris.