House of Hades Tile Embedded on the Bowery
Although sightings of genuine Toynbee Tiles are becoming fewer and further between, the House of Hades copycats continue their neighborhood dominance. Regardless of the branding, though, new pavement placements don’t occur too often; the old markings around downtown are beginning to chip away and fade out. So it’s always nice to see a new tile find its way into the asphalt.
This particular House of Hades tile was recently embedded into the northbound lane of the Bowery at East First Street. It carries a message of “one man versus crippling obsession in society.”
Toynbee Tiles date back three decades and are not exclusive to New York City. Since the early eighties, there have been sightings along the east coast and South America. This street stamp phenomenon was the subject of an indie film called Resurrect Dead, which is absolutely worth your while.