How about this New Essex Street Funhouse?

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 at 5:15 am by

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In the years since its sale, 3 Essex Street has remained remarkably intact. No demolition. No changing hands. No real activity. Until this week, when the tenement became a funhouse of sorts.

In a display more befitting Halloween than Valentine’s Day, each of the upper windows dons a ghoulish mask. Topping it off is a blinking blue-and-red light display.

It’s not immediately clear what entity is behind this display, but it’s probably an art exhibit of some sort.

3 Essex Street is an area relic. Last home to the M. Schames & Son paint shop, the building has been dormant since the business moved to 90 Delancey. The original building could have been constructed as far back as the early 1800s, but was subsequently enlarged over the ensuing decades. At present, it’s believed that only half of the first floor is believed to be original.

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