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MANHATTAN IX.
Alwyn court was built in 1909,with the sculptures on the façade, copying the French Renaissance style, that's why the salamandra is represented umpteen times on the building.

The salamandra under a crown, was François I's emblem. He was the king who brought the Renaissance to France, by excellence.
(Different kings of France coveted Italy at the time, and came back from their wars there, with masses of Art and Artists, like Leonardo da Vinci, for example.)

When this was first built, it was a hotel with enormous luxurious suites; nowadays, it has been converted into smaller luxury apartments.
On the ground floor, is the Russian Petrossian restaurant.
The façade is covered in Terra-cotta sculptures.
I 'll join a WS with the building nearly whole, and I'll let you play a game of who will spot the most salamandras on it...
On the WS photo, also note the little air-condition boxes, which you find on a lot of old buildings in NY.

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