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Frank Mastropolo

Cover of The Not-So-Wild Animals of New York

Beware! The streets of New York are teeming with wildlife! Just not the kind that barks, tweets, or growls.

Frank Mastropolo, author of a best-selling series of books on New York’s historic music venues, television shows, and forgotten “ghost” signs, has compiled a photo collection of animals big and small, humble and grand, that have graced Manhattan’s building facades since the late 19th century.

Lions and giraffes, eagles and elephants, horses and bulldogs, roosters and rabbits are among the 50 architectural treasures found on entrances, windows, and balconies.

Each animal sculpture is accompanied by its address and a relevant quotation from the world’s great writers, philosophers, and humorists. Download to your phone and use as a guide for an archaeological safari adults and kids will enjoy!

If you like urban adventures that are educational, enlightening, and fun, you’ll love this tribute to the city’s silent menagerie that has improbably endured for decades.


"Horse sense is the thing a horse has

which keeps it from betting on people."
— W. C. Fields


"It may be the rooster that does all the crowing

but it's the hen that delivers the goods."

— Jim Hightower


"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

— Groucho Marx

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