Has a family of hipster mice moved into Williamsburg or are some New Yorkers taking the micro apartment trend to a new extreme? These are just some of the questions a mysterious miniature door that recently popped up on Wythe Avenue has got passersby asking. We happened upon the door last week and were disappointed when no one responded to our knocks, but the teeny portal's true purpose was finally revealed after a bit of finagling.
Despite its size, the tiny door caught our eye with its bold red color and fancy Federal styling. As you might have guessed, it doesn’t actually lead to a tiny apartment, but a closer look did reveal a QR code that led us to its raison d’etre.
“Each guest will be assigned a role when they arrive at the speakeasy. We encourage you to explore. Unlocked doors (or revolving bookshelves) should be entered. Ignore the advice your parents gave you as children, be nosy and talk to strangers. Time is warped here. The time frame of the night is from 1933 (prohibition era) – 1935. A few days before the show you will receive an email from Frank Spano. If you leave your email address we will send you secret evidence via email.”
Want to see the tiny door for yourself? Head to North 11th Street in Williamsburg and walk along Wythe Avenue to North 5th Street (you should spot it somewhere along the way). We’d tell you the exact cross streets but where’s the fun in that?
Photos ©Yuka Yoneda