A Fine Greeting

Ornate door knockers in Manhattan's West Village apartments and rowhouses

This winter, while wandering around our neighborhood, we couldn’t help but notice how many of the old rowhouses have interesting door knockers.

From newly renovated homes to doors that look like they’ve been untouched for decades, the collection of unique knockers ranges from whimsical and fun to striking and commanding. One of the more common knockers in the neighborhood is a woman’s hand, adorned with a ring. We initially thought these were all the same, but upon closer inspection, each knocker sports different details—different bracelets, ring styles, and even hand sizes and shapes.

Makes us wish we had more than just a buzzer in our building.

– Ryan

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