Doors of New York

When I wandered the streets of New York a couple of weeks ago with my parents, I took a lot of pictures. We all did. Between the three of us, we had five devices–one DSLR, two point-and-shoots, a smartphone and an iPad! We didn’t set out to capture a series of doors, but there’s something about doors that drew us in. And when I looked through the photos, I saw a theme.

Maybe you can’t judge a book by its cover, but my dad said you can tell a lot by the interior of a house by what the front door looks like. He should know–he’s a painter and decorator and I bet he’s painted a lot of doors!

I hope you enjoy a few of the doors we captured in pixels.

Here’s a beautiful building a block away from the place we stayed at in Harlem. Warm, inviting wooden doors and pretty flower boxes drew me to this scene.

twin doors

A red door is classic and the black shutters and brass mail slot and kicker add elegance to this doorway in Chelsea.

red and black

I liked the arched doorway, the combination of dark wood and light stone, and the flowers flanking the steps.

arched wooden door

Carved faces and grapes, and lions guarding the stairs makes this entry special. The black door with half window is very inviting.

lions

Another red door, this one with great ironwork and crisp, white shutters.

red and white

The entry to this cathedral in Morningside Heights had a heavy, strong door.

brass handle

Nothing beats a fire station for style. I really liked this one in Little Italy.

fire station

I like the greenery growing around this door’s arch. The iron gate is a nice touch that adds privacy without being obtrusive.

black door

I can’t stop looking at the warm tones of this wooden door in Greenwich Village. The forest green trim works well with the wood and bricks.

green and wood

Here’s the detail of the door knocker–lovely!

knocker

How does a building or house draw you in? Is it the doors, the garden, windows, something else? Have you done something special to your entry?

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Doors of New York

  1. Really beautiful Jean!! Celeste 🙂

  2. I enjoyed this post, especially the fire department doors! I love doors and wreaths.

  3. I’m adding these to my Pinterest DOORS collection!! 😉

  4. Bob

    When we were on a cruise to the Baltic States, one lady in our group of friends had a penchant for doors…..so when walking about on land, we all took photos of interesting doors….even if she was off somewhere else.

  5. What an intriguing post. This makes me realize I didn’t get to spend enough time checking out the architecture in NYC and that I must go back. Thanks for sharing.

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