AboutBy The Hatching Cat
About the Hatching Cat
Ever since I started writing about animals in history in 2013, many people have asked me why I call my collection of stories the Hatching Cat. As I tell them, I chose this name because my project really began in 2002, after I first discovered the story of the French Hatching Cat in the book Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories, by Vince Gargiulo.
I originally intended to write a children’s book about the Hatching Cat, but as I started to dig into the history of Palisades Park, I realized that this was more than a children’s story. This was a really fun way to learn and share the history of New York. From that point on, I’ve been on a never-ending quest for animal tales in New York City history from the 1800s to World War II.
Many of these animal tales are amazing, some are curiously odd, and others fall under the file called “You just can’t make this stuff up.” My favorite stories, though, are the ones that make people say, “Wow, who knew!?”
But every story I share on this site — whether it’s about a cat, dog, horse, cow, bird, or even a hyena — has something in common: They are all woven with interesting historical facts about the people, places, and events of Old New York. I spend about 15 hours a week researching and writing these stories, and although I do not post the sources on the site (that would take up a lot of space since I use so many books, newspaper articles, historical websites, etc.), you can always ask me for a reference list and I’ll gladly send it to you by email.
I started my writing career in high school as a stringer news reporter for a biweekly newspaper in northern New Jersey. I graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in magazine journalism and landed my first real job as an editorial assistant at PC Magazine. I returned to my news journalism roots for a few years on a weekly paper in Greenwood Lake, New York, and then moved on to children’s book publishing as an editor for Troll Books and Scholastic Book Clubs.
For the past eight years, I have been working as a senior writer for a major pharmacy benefit management company in northern New Jersey. I received a Master of Science in health communications from Boston University in 2012. Writing materials to help people understand their Medicare and pharmacy benefits can be rewarding, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than learning and writing about my favorite city.
Outside of work, I am a volunteer with the Warwick Fire Department and a volunteer puppy sitter for Puppies Behind Bars. My husband and I have two cats, and we both love animals, New York, the Yankees, golf, and scuba diving. Now, if I could just get him to enjoy history as much as I do!
I hope the Hatching Cat will make history fun for everyone — come back often and enjoy!