Archive for April, 2015

More Animal Tales Are Hatching

Posted: 30th April 2015 by The Hatching Cat in Cat Stories

The Hatching Cat is currently away on business and will be back next week with more animal stories of Old New York. Up next will be the diving ponies of Coney Island and a great cat story about a famous literary feline of the Gilded Age. Thank you for following along on this historical journey […]

Ever since the first Christmas tree went up in 1931, and the outdoor skating rink opened in 1936, Rockefeller Center has been associated with ice skaters and the winter holiday season. But what many people may not know is that the Prometheus Fountain in the sunken plaza at Rockefeller Center has also been home to […]

Only a dog do you say, Sir Critic? Only a dog, but as truth I prize, The truest love I have won in living Lay in the deeps of her limpid eyes. Frosts of winter nor heat of summer Could make her fail if my footsteps led: And memory holds in its treasure casket The […]

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In 1895, 71-year-old Christopher Fagan was alone in the world. All his family and friends had died and he really had no place to call home. So he decided to build a little house along St. Nicholas Terrace somewhere around West 128th Street, right on the grounds of the Academy and Convent of the Sacred […]

“This is a novel importation; but if the experiment should prove successful, it may become one of some importance to the improvement of the growth of wool on this continent.” New York Herald, December 16, 1857 On December 15, 1857, 42 llamas arrived in New York City on the Panama Railroad Company’s brig E. Drummond […]

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  In the spring of 1893, 27-year-old Frank C. Bostock and his wife, Susannah Ethel Bailey, sold their shares of the Bostock, Wombell, and Bailey Circus (yes, that Bailey) and sailed from Liverpool to New York aboard the Bovic, a White Star Line steamship that specialized in the shipment of livestock. The couple didn’t travel […]

“Jiggs was the dog who started out as a lithe, slim pup who ran yelping and barking just ahead of the three beautiful horses that pulled old “205.” But Jiggs fell into evil ways. He became a connoisseur of Borough Hall restaurant kitchens. A gourmet. Things came to such a pass that Jiggs fell down […]

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Minnie was just an alley cat — a dusty black and dirty white alley cat, to be more specific. But when she passed away in 1934, she made manly men who marveled Martinis mourn. (Yes, this is an M story!) It was a cold November night in 1920 when good luck brought the orphan kitten […]

This story begins with an Irish immigrant named John Mullaly, who worked as a reporter and editor in the mid-1800s for several New York City papers. John was a big proponent of green spaces, and often wrote about the lack of such spaces in New York City. Consider that at this time, the city had […]

“Hundreds of thousands have had an olfactory introduction to Barren Island, though few have ever visited it. It is a sea-washed bit of land a mile and a half long and three-quarters of a mile wide, just at the entrance to Jamaica Bay. There are few persons living on the adjacent coasts who have not […]