Some of you may remember the blog post below, which I first published in 2011. Time flies! When I visited Greenwich Lock & Safe and met locksmith and artist Phil Mortillaro, he told me that there was a documentary in progress about him. The documentary is now available on PBS.org!
I took the Acela train to New York City this morning, so I could attend the dinner cruise for the Door Security & Safety Foundation tonight (a great time!). Last night when I was packing for the trip, my 5-year-old daughter said, “I don’t want you to go to New York. There are bad men there.” When I asked where she had heard about these “bad men”, she said, “I saw them on the movie, Home Alone!” 🙂
A few months ago, several people sent me a link to a blog post about a locksmith shop in NYC. Since I had a couple of free hours this afternoon I decided to go see it in person. Greenwich Lock & Safe is not your typical lock shop…it’s the smallest freestanding building in all of Manhattan, and it’s a work of art. The entire facade of the building is covered with keys. It’s amazing!! I spoke to the owner and artist, Philip Mortillaro, and he estimates that there are about 20,000 keys. I know I’m abnormally partial to hardware, but this shop is really beautiful. Philip told me that there is a documentary in progress about his locksmith business and his art – it’s called Do Not Duplicate, and you can watch the trailer on Philip’s website – www.philipmortillaro.com.