"The streets of lower Manhattan are insane and amusing. They're really just impossible little alleyways that one suspects started out as cow paths, and now they're lined head to toe with huge, self-important buildings that block out the sun. During the business week there's the bustle of suits and the rush of money and everything is terribly important. I find it rather funny that these oh-so-serious financial folks are racing about on former cow paths with silly ornamental owls and jaguars perched over their heads."
Architecture A Love of Monsters has taken walking tours of New York City and highlights the presence of gargoyles in the local architecture. Unsurprisingly, Wall Street has a few of them: