Parkchester, a pioneering middle-income apartment complex, was built in the East Bronx by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company starting in 1938. The sprawling complex’s ambitious ornamental program included more than a thousand whimsical terra-cotta sculptures, including vivid, larger-than-life figures like this muse. In recent years, some 45 of these signature artworks have been unceremoniously removed by the two condominiums that comprise the complex, enraging many residents.

This post was originally published on this site