“Speakeasy Dollhouse” Doors Found Across the Lower East Side

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 at 6:19 am by

Ludlow Street

Within the last couple weeks, these mysterious dollhouse-sized doors began appearing across the Lower East Side. Affixed to building facades or leaned against various street furniture. Closer inspection revealed a tiny QR code placed in the peephole of each, none of which were scannable. Stumped we were…but no longer.

These doors are actually related to the neighborhood cult favorite, “Speakeasy Dollhouse.” However, the folks behind the underground show are reportedly not part of this street art push. It’s a guerrilla campaign by some hardcore fans.

Per the Speakeasy Dollhouse Tumblr page:

Have you seen a tiny Speakeasy door in NYC? I’ve heard that they have been seen in the East Village, Greenwich Village, and the Lower East Side. We have some amazing hardcore fans who created these. We had no idea!

One person even found a tiny golden key under a welcome mat! Isn’t that cool? Our fans are so creative. Anyone who find a key gets free admission forever.

Someone’s gotta have one of those keys!

Speakeasy Dollhouse is the brainchild of Cynthia von Buhler, a visual artist, illustrator, children’s book author, performer, and uber-creative gal about town. The performance tells the true story of von Buhler’s grandfather Frank Spano, who owned two speakeasies in the Bronx during prohibition. One was a bar and one was a bakery, which are both recreated in the theater piece.

Recent Stories

As One Bowery Restaurant Supply Business Goes Bust, Another Takes Over

AAA Quality Restaurant Supply – a well-known equipment supplier at 272 Bowery – went out of business at the end of last year. The three-and-a-half-year-old Sunrise Rainbow Kitchen Supply, located two doors away at 276 Bowery since 2013, recently signed the lease and has taken over (and dropped the Sunrise). This small section of the Bowery […]

Essex Street Market Welcomes Speciality ‘Olive and Spice House’ Vendor

Essex Olive & Spice House is the latest vendor to take up residence inside the Essex Street Market. As its name suggests, the new business peddles just that – olives, olive oil, and shelves of various spices. The business took the last sliver of empty space left behind by Jeffrey’s Meats all those years ago. […]

Drilling in Rear Yard of 151 Ludlow Street Worries Neighbors

One month after 151-153 Ludlow Street changed hands in a $15.5 million transaction, all signs are pointing to potential property redevelopment. Drilling in the rear yard was enough to raise the antennae of neighbors worried about the future here. Two contractors were spotted in the backyard of 151 Ludlow Street with a makeshift rig to, […]

TV Personality Eddie Huang Returns to LES with another ‘Baohaus’

Eddie Huang is headed back downtown, reviving his Baohaus concept in Chinatown. The entrepreneur, also a TV personality behind Fresh off the Boat (ABC) and Huang’s World (Vice) announced the news via Instagram earlier this week. Huang chose 48 Bowery for the comeback, located inside the Chinatown Arcade. This second iteration of the Taiwanese restaurant seeks a […]

The ‘Supermoon Bakehouse’ Rises at the Old Schapiro’s Bar on Rivington Street

Sugar Sweet Sunshine will soon have some company on the block. Indeed, a new bakery is currently readying 120 Rivington Street, the one-story building previously occupied by Schapiro’s. Workers onsite reveal the identity of the newcomer as something called the Supermoon Bakehouse. However, there isn’t much else known about the place just yet. All we […]