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!


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 –

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