Archive for April, 2014

“Horses galloping from nowhere to nowhere on sliding platforms in front of a quickly rolling panorama; Ben-Hur on the stage is panoramic, pictorial, musical, terpsichorean, religious.” — Edward A. Dithmar, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 1899. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the use of live horses and other animals in grand […]

On November 11, 1935, a blue peacock decided to make his escape from who knows where and lead numerous grown men on a four-hour chase through the streets of New York. It’s a plane! It’s a bird! It’s a peacock! Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on a Monday morning and seeing a peacock […]

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the United States government allocated funds to feed hundreds of cats that were “hired” to catch rats at post offices and other federal buildings.

Before there was a Seward Park on Essex Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, there was a square block of old wooden houses and crumbling brick tenements where hundreds of immigrants and alley cats made their home. There once was a woman who lived in a dilapidated frame tenement house on the Lower […]