6. Wilshire Plaza

This pre-war building at 134 West 58th Street provides residences and offices to everyday New Yorkers. So why the terrifying griffin-human gargoyle duo?

5. The Britannia

Why is the character above holding a cooked chicken in his lap? In 1909, architecture firm Waid & Willauer adorned this apartment building with figures meant to evoke a sense of a “home.” We’re not sure if the figure is comforting, but it sure is creepy.