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Mystery and intrigue as fairy doors adorn trees in Brooklyn Heights

By T.K. Randall
June 19, 2024 · Comment icon 11 comments
Fairy door.
An example of a fairy door (file photo). Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Laura Klaus
Tiny little doors, sign posts and decorations have been found in and around the New York City neighborhood.
To most people, fairies are little more than fictional creatures - small, winged beings that are mischievous but benign and that have appeared in cultural literature for many centuries.

Fairies appear in local folklore in some parts of the world more than others, but just about everyone will be familiar with them, either through stories told to them as children or from books and movies.

For the residents of Brooklyn Heights, New York recently, however, the idea of fairies has become just that little bit more real thanks to some unusual decorations that have been showing up on the streets.

Take a casual stroll around the block and you will find tiny, colorful doors and other curious things - such as signposts and speckled toadstools - adorning the bottoms of trees.
These pint-sized creations are what are typically known as fairy doors, said to be portals into the fairy dimension that have been built by the fairies themselves.

While it's fair to assume that the builders of these particular doors were not literal fairies, this hasn't dampened the appreciation of the locals who have expressed approval of the new additions.

Local councillors have also welcomed the fairy doors as an expression of the community's creativity.

"I'm extremely happy they've arrived - and in force," said physician Dr. Jon Berall.

"These are tricky times and we need all the help we can get."

Source: Brooklyn Eagle | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by susieice 29 days ago
This article is from 2020. More Than A Dozen Fairies Are Making Sunnyside Their New Home - Jackson Heights Post
Comment icon #3 Posted by the13bats 29 days ago
If she pops up send Tinkerbell my way.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Kenemet 29 days ago
What a lovely and delightful thing to do!  
Comment icon #5 Posted by ercbreeze 29 days ago
Think we need a meter to judge if they are real? 
Comment icon #6 Posted by the13bats 29 days ago
I might just do my own version in my yard.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Resume 28 days ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by quiXilver 24 days ago
These started appearing in the early 90's in and around Prospect Park Brooklyn while I lived there. Also started a bit later in Minneapolis MN.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Trelane 24 days ago
Are there cookies? I hope there are cookies....
Comment icon #10 Posted by Antigonos 24 days ago
? ?
Comment icon #11 Posted by quiXilver 23 days ago
One of the doors that appeared in Minneapolis had a PO Box listed on a small brass tag attached to the door that read:  Write to the Gnome I never did, but always wondered at how marvelous an idea it was...

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