We last left off at the the car stables of the 42nd St. and Grand St. Ferry Railroad, on the east side of Twelfth Ave. It is the night of June 12, 1886, and about a dozen cats are fighting for their lives as a large fire burns their home to the ground…
Archive for December, 2016
Tags: 165 West 29th Street, Deputy Chief John McCabe, James A. Stewart, John "Bucky" McCabe, Metropolitan Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1, New York City History, Stewart Street
Tags: Cat Stories, fire cat, Forty-second Street and Grand Street Ferry, Grand Street Ferry, John Leake Norton, New York History, The Hermitage Farm
Part I of this Old New York cat tale begins in 1825 at the old Hermitage Farm on the west side of Manhattan, where a large horse car depot was built in 1864.
Tags: bear-baiting, James McLaughlin, McLaughlin's dog pits, New York City History, Peter Stuyvesant, rat-baiting, Theater for the New City
This story is not for the squeamish but it’s an important story to tell as it says a lot about society in New York City beforer the Civil War. Plus, there’s a lot of talk about Russian bears in the political news these days, so it’s a timely tale to tell.