On 83rd Street between York Avenue and East End Avenue, 22 unique and colorful birdhouses have mysteriously popped up in the Upper East Side. Like the dramatic birdhouses in Greenwich Village, the ones here feature many fun architectural and ornamental details. Corey William Schneider, founder of the New York Adventure Club recently photographed all of them for Untapped Cities.
The bird house creator, known to be a man with the code name “Woody,” is keeping his identity anonymous but the lucky gift recipients of the birdhouses have spoken to the media in the last couple of months. Many of the birdhouses have addresses, names or phrases included on them. Some say “Home Sweet Home,” or “Peace Understanding,” others say “East 83rd Street” or specific addresses on 83rd Street or “Uptown.” Many of them include natural and knotted bark,
While most people seem to love the new additions, CBS interviewed one resident who thought the birdhouses are more of a negative: ““I think they’re terrible because it creates a lot of noise in the morning and it could create a lot of garbage on the floor,” she said,” an Ilana Kalanthroff said. But according to DNAinfo, “Woody” also takes care of the birdhouses tending “to the block’s tree pits, keeping them tidy and fixing them when they need it.” As he told CBS, he sees his role here as a “Good Samaritan.”
Here are more photographs of these birdhouses: