Alwyn Court Apartments is undoubtedly the most decorated building in New York: Gray terra cotta covers every foot of the 12-story building. When the building opened in 1909 it was as opulent inside as it is outside. Each apartment (two to a floor) had 14 rooms and five baths – except for the 32-room apartment!
The building had a stroke of bad luck just months after opening, when only five apartments were occupied. After a fire damage the building was repaired and filled quickly, but dropped out of fashion in the late 1930s.
Short after the Big Depression the bank foreclosed and reconfigured Alwyn Court as 75 much smaller apartments. The main entrance on the corner was converted to retail space (now the Petrossian restaurant); the former service entrance on 7th Avenue is now the main entrance.
The fire-breathing dragons at the corner entry (and elsewhere) are actually salamanders; a crowned salamander was the emblem of Francis I, King of France.
The Petrossian Restaurant
Owned by the Petrossians, it serves a French-influenced contemporary menu that features the caviar, smoked fish, and foie gras delicacies for which Petrossian is known throughout the world.