8. Smallest Locksmith: Greenwich Locksmiths
Photograph Courtesy of Suzi Siegel
This Greenwich Village locksmith, measuring only 125 square feet, is the smallest free standing building in New York City. Owner Philip Mortillaro makes metal sculptures and covered his store with 10,000 keys to “bring some art and individuality back to the village.” Mortillaro was born and bred in New York City and has been in the locksmith trade since he was fourteen. He bought his shop for $20,000 cash nearly fifty years ago and was recently offered $2 million for the building by Chase so they could build an ATM. Mortillaro says he has no plans to sell.