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Stoop dwellers cross generations and ages. These teenagers rocking bleached hair and pinstriped jeans check out their New York neighborhood scene. Photo: Flickr.com/photos/azoeday?auto=format
The front steps of our homes greet us after a day away. They seat us on weekend afternoons when our neighbors stop by for a chat. They hold our dishes and knick-knacks during stoop sales. These 12 iconic front steps remind us that waiting, loving, fighting, and living can all happen on the stoop.
These front steps lead to the Huxtable family home in Brooklyn, New York on “The Cosby Show.” Photo: Bradandheather.wordpress.com
Krrb editors Jessica and Andrew were featured on HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” with their inventive chest of drawers-turned-indoor-stoop. Photo: Andrew Wagner
Louis Armstrong’s home in Queens, New York is now a museum honoring his life and work. In this photo, he is seen performing on the stoop with children at the home he shared with his wife from 1943 until his death in 1971. Photo: Empireguides.com
HBO’s “Girls” is set in New York and has featured the characters hosting their own stoop sales and swapping life advice from the steps. Photo: Bkmag.com
Waiting On A Friend is a music video and single by The Rolling Stones. In the video, reggae artist Peter Tosh sits on a stoop with Mick Jagger as they wait for Keith Richards. The building is 96-98 St. Mark’s Place in Manhattan, the same building found on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti.”
A brownstone and its stoop at 233 Garfield Place in Park Slope were painted a bright magenta because its owner loved the color. In 2012, new owners bought the place and painted it brown again, to the disappointment of the neighborhood. Photo: brooklynpaper.com
“A Great Day in Harlem” is a black and white photo taken in 1958 that shows 57 of the jazz era’s most famous musicians. The artists are photographed on a brownstone stoop in Harlem. The photo was taken for Esquire magazine and has since become one of the most important pieces of jazz history. Photo: wikipedia.org
NBCNewYork’s Cat Greenleaf hosts a show, “Talk Stoop,” from her front stoop in Brooklyn. She interviews celebrities and politicians in her intimate neighborhood setting. Photo: Nbcnewyork.com
This photo honors all city stoops and the ways they have nurtured communities and welcomed families for generations. Photo: motleymoose.com
Stoops are the backdrop for many Hey Arnold! episodes. In one episode, Arnold learns about “Stoop Kid” who is afraid to leave his steps. Photo: Slutv.slu.edu
123 Sesame Street stoop, the friendliest perch of any neighborhood. Photo: Stylemom.com
Carrie Bradshaw’s stoop on Sex and The City. Photo: Houseandhome.ie