Mosaic HouseIf there’s one thing I really love about New York, it’s that it welcomes and celebrates peoples’ quirks and differences. You see everything here.

And over in Boerum Hill, this even extends to homes. On Wyckoff Street, just off the Bergen Street subway stop, all of the properties are neat brown-faced buildings. All but one – the Mosaic House.

You really have to see it to believe it. The Mosaic House at 108 Wyckoff Street is really very bizarre – the whole front of the house on the ground level is covered with colored pebbles and broken glass to create this large, higgledy-piggledy mural. There’s a bit of everything – plastic frogs, strands of beads, words spelling out ‘celebrate’ above the doorway. It’s crazy.IMG_2388 IMG_2409 IMG_2405 IMG_2401 IMG_2402 IMG_2393

The owner of the house, Susan Gardner, is an artist who first started sticking items on the walls in 2001 when she couldn’t afford a proper paint job. And over the years, it’s just become bigger and bigger. Now members of the neighborhood donate items for her to add – or take them when she’s not looking.

‘My hope was to make a celebratory statement that would cheer and amuse,’ she writes on her website. ‘The neighborhood has embraced and encouraged the project.’

She also said she assumes the front of the house will be stripped if she ever leaves. While some probably think it’s an eyesore and can’t wait for the day, I reckon you should definitely get there before it happens.IMG_2403IMG_2392IMG_2394