“Speakeasy Dollhouse” Doors Found Across the Lower East Side

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

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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.

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