BOTTLECAP HOUSE OF BAY RIDGE

Every so often comes along a real head-scratcher.

This is an ordinary looking 2-family house on 6th Avenue and 76th Street in Bay Ridge. It was built in the early 20th Century, so the architect added some ells and dormers to make things interesting, and didn’t care to include a basement garage. A front yard around the corner, with a white picket fence.

And that’s where we leave the realm of reality and enter into a fantastical world, a more whimsical place where mundane objects are used to create a diversion from the usual drudgery.

The owner, or one of them, has lined the spaces between the white picket fence and the low brick fence with plastic bottlecaps of every shape, size and color, from soda bottle caps to fabric softener and cleaning fluid bottlecaps.

Oddly, few are labeled, numbered or otherwise identified.

I would have loved to have approached the place, rung the bell and chatted with the owner, but there was a “Beware of Dog” sign posted outside.

If you think this is nuts, wait till I show you a place I found in Midland Beach, Staten Island, but that’s for another day.

12/17/14

 


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