Little Lost Angels Reborn Atop the Flatiron Building

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 12.50.54 PMTwenty stories above 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, atop the Flatiron Building, two pouty cherubs once again watch over the city.

When the Flatiron was built, in 1902, its top was adorned with the cherubs, sculptured in terra cotta. But 13 years ago, the figures disappeared.

”There was a frankfurter guy here on the corner,” recalled Sonny Atis, the building’s superintendent. ”The thing started falling down on him in pieces. The old super went up there and started pulling down all the loose chunks with his hands.”

Last week installation of a replica of the sculpture began. It is scheduled to be completed this week. But no one seems to know where the fragments of the original are.

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