The Fanciest Mouse Hole In New York City

I was walking up Wythe Ave in Williamsburg last week when something caught my eye…

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Wait for it…

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Getting closer…

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Almost there…

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And here it is: the fanciest mouse hole in New York City, featuring a Federal-style doorway complete with pilasters and a pediment!

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Alas, a scan of the code in the doorknocker area reveals it not to be the entrance to the greatest mouse house ever, but instead, a street ad for performance artist Cynthia von Buhler’s Speakeasy Dollhouse project, an immersive theatrical show.

Apparently, these have been showing up around town for the past few years. I knocked, but no one was home.

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12 comments

  1. I just saw one of these last week while walking to the Rough Trade Record Store

    http://instagram.com/p/qj6Rt9HpD_/

  2. sort of a rip-off of this: bedbughotels.org

  3. they are called fairy doors. there is a town in england where there are hundreds of them

  4. this is like an urban version of the pooh house on the harvard campus: http://adequatenotice.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/the-harvard-pooh/

    (the tree has since been cut down, but pooh house lives on: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/6/20/pooh-house-commentary/)

  5. Where on Wythe is this? I wonder if it made it to Street View…

  6. JAJA, great mouse hole !!!

  7. They could have done a nicer job gluing it to the wall. That really detracts from this cute little door.

  8. Thanks for the discovery!! I spoke with Cynthia from Speakeasy Dollhouse and turns out she’s not installing them herself–her fan base has been for the last few years in sort of crowd-sourced thing which I think makes it even more fun. Some even were placed with money behind the doors (and keys to open): http://untappedcities.com/2014/07/23/daily-what-miniature-fairy-doors-are-popping-up-all-over-nyc/

  9. I love this, but where on Wythe is it?

  10. It’s here:

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=wythe+avenue+brooklyn+ny&ll=40.721152,-73.958679&spn=0.002455,0.003484&hnear=Wythe+Ave&gl=us&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=40.721076,-73.95876&panoid=Fs6NaFz0SuflFwIOww2asg&cbp=12,117.31,,0,8.04

    I found it by looking for a smokestack and a water tank near Wythe Ave.

    You will note that in the Google picture, no rodent door.

  11. There’s also a dark blue one on the signpost at the SE corner of mercer and spring. Looks like a party left the corner a bit ragged.

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