This may not seem like something that warrants four posts, but the saga of the Madison Square Christmas carolers took a new turn this weekend.
Back in April of 2013, you might remember, I ruminated on the impending fate of the long-standing sentinels of seasonal cheer that held silent court on a perch just above the entrance to the former Commodore Criterion building. Then, sure enough, sometime after the building was purchased and refurbished by high-end bathroom fixture juggernaut, Porcelanosa, they disappeared that next October.
Then, presumably in a gesture of good will, Porcelanosa repaired and re-positioned the cherished Christmas figures behind a wide window on their same perch. Everyone cheered!
Well, hold onto your eggnog, as yesterday afternoon, my son Oliver and I walked up to Rizzoli, the newish book store on Broadway just north of 16th Street (I am still in search of a copy of Tim Lawrence’s “Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor,” which -– oddly -– no remaining New York City bookshop seems to stock). Upon glancing up at the edifice of the Porcelnosa building (formerly the Commodore Criterion), I spied the below. Notice anything missing?
They are gone again.
Maybe someone bought them? Maybe Porclenosa felt their moment of good will was over? Maybe the Grinch stole them?