Best Window Gorilla - 2001
Alex's Odds and Ends
Naked, he's just a gorilla in an easy chair, but proprietress Alex Heimerl dresses her wood-carved, 18-inch simian in joker's masks, tutus, Viking helmets, Mardi Gras feathers, milk mustaches, and Native American beads. For a long time last December he posed as the mauling victim of a lawn-ornament reindeer made of twigs. He's unobtrusive but still famous on the street; Heimerl says she thought people were ignoring him until she gave the mascot a hiatus from the window and strangers came in to make sure he hadn't been sold.