ADDITIONAL NOTES:new york city gargoyles, from both upper manhattan and brooklyn heights. born to ancient greece, but becoming popular in 1200s paris, gargoyles were originally a way to funnel rain off of rooftops, until they became more and more ornamental in function. growing superstition also lent them the responsibility of being mythic protectors, coming alive at night to fight evil spirits. read about the origins and history at stratis.demon.co.uk's gargoyles page.
check out possibly my favorite gargoyle in the world, darth vader on Washington DC's National Cathedral, which sports the most modern gargoyles ever created. some hold cookie jars, some wear gas masks. get pdfs of the self guided tour.
more little nyc creatures at a love of monsters, which has suggested walks, locators, and links. if you are visiting the city (or have a day off), you can also take the $22 Gargoyles in Manhattan Walking Tour, a 2.5 hour outing every Friday at 2pm.