Explore: Walking Amongst the Pomanders

Any idea what a pomander is? Me either. Thankfully, Google does know. According to my in-depth internet research, a pomander is:

  1. A ball or perforated container of sweet-smelling substances used to perfume the air or (formerly) carried as a supposed protection...
  2. A piece of fruit, typically an orange or apple, studded with cloves and hung in a closet by a ribbon for a similar purpose.

I don't have either of those things, preferring to rely on the more 21st century solutions of scented candles, regular washing of clothes, and sticking to well-populated areas. What I do have, not so far from where I live, is Pomander Walk.

The (locked!) entrance to Pomander Walk
The (locked!) entrance to Pomander Walk

I had no idea this was here, even though it's in my neighbourhood, until A Cup of Jo mentioned it on her blog. And let's be thankful she did, because isn't it amazing?

Looking up the street at the outer edges of Pomander Walk
Looking up the street at the outer edges of Pomander Walk

You can't actually get into Pomander Walk proper unless you live there - it's locked (reasonably enough). You can peer in, though, and you can also see the outsides of it, where the little Tudor-style houses mix and mingle with more typical New York architecture.

New York juxtapositions
New York juxtapositions

I'm a fan. New York is home to some of the most amazing little secrets.

On the street
On the street
Fantabulous address!
Fantabulous address!

What secrets does your city harbour?