I was in midtown today scouting around East 48th Street, an area with a ton of archetypal New York hotels (The Waldorf-Astoria, The Intercontinental, The Benjamin, The Marriott East Side, etc., etc., etc.). I happened to notice something on the W Hotel at 541 Lexington that I haven’t ever before: elephants!
They’re actually somewhat difficult to see from the street, as they’re hidden by the glass awning and the flags. But I love the antique safari feel to them, as well as how their trunks are wrapped around the flagpoles. It’s also great how each is a different color – I don’t know if this is intentional, or a result of New York City weathering.
I’m not sure how old these actually are, but I really hope they’re being maintained…Is it just me, or does that look like masking tape holding the last two trunks onto the poles?
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