East 97th Street marks the uppermost border of the Upper East Side, New York City’s wealthiest neighborhood. Turn south and you will face mansions and embassies. Turn north and you will be in El Barrio, Spanish Harlem.
I was walking along East 97th Street when, at Number 65, I was capitvated by an unexpected display. The ground-floor resident has decorated the front windows with an array of plants (both real and artificial), garlands, animal figurines, flags, signs and bric-a-brac.
On this otherwise staid, quiet block of stately Manhattan residences, the tacky, gaudy riot of color bursting forth from Number 65 is startling, puzzling and (to me, at least) amusing.