In Part II of this Old New York dog tale, we’ll explore the old Casper Samler Farm and re-visit the three bulldogs in their home at the Gilsey House.
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1889: The Princess and the Pampered French Bulldogs Who Lived at the Gilsey House in New York City, Part IIPosted: 11th January 2017 by The Hatching Cat in Animal Stories, Dog Tails
Tags: Aimee Crocker, Casper Samler, Gilsey House, New York History, Old New York, St. George Cricket Club
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.
Tags: 1335 York Avenue, Cobble Court, Crispin's Crispian, Louvre Farm, Margaret Glass Healy, Margaret Wise Brown, Mister Dog, Old New York, Upper East Side
In the 1940s, author Margaret Wise Brown rented a tiny frame house on East 71st Street. The house, where she wrote her final book, has a fascinating history.
Tags: Arthur Kill Road, Benjamin Seaman, David H. Cortelou, George W. White, Greenridge Staten Island, Lawrence H. Cortelyou, Staten Island history
In January 1896, the tiny hamlet of Greenridge, Staten Island, was all a buzz over the reported sighting of a large, ferocious black bear. Doors were closed and barred at dusk, and guns and pistols were cleaned and loaded.
Tags: Dog Lovers’ Protective Association of America, Emma Coy Bizallion, Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, Henry H. Bizallion, Lotta Van Buren, New York History, Wicks Dog Law
For years, Grumpy Bizallion’s monument was the tallest at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York, standing just over six feet.
Tags: Equitable Life Building, Equitable Life Fire, Jan Damen, New York History, Old New York, Peter Stoutenburgh, Vauxhall Garden
Two weeks after the Equitable Life fire, workmen who were trying to salvage the contents of the cellar vaults and safe boxes rescued a cat named Kaiser and a black guinea pig later named Miss Bacillus.
Tags: Charlton Street, Greenwich Village History, Isaac Van Amburgh, New York History, Old New York, Richmond Hill mansion, Varick Street
Part 2 of a 3-part story about Isaac Van Amburgh, the Richmond Hill estate in Greenwich Village, and New York’s Zoological Institute in the Bowery
Tags: Central Park menagerie, Donald Burns, Roosevelt Street
Once upon a time, before New York City’s “deep East Side” was razed to make way for new public housing projects, there was a little colonial-era street just north of the Brooklyn Bridge called Roosevelt Street, where Donald Burns sold wild animals.
Tags: American Museum, Broadway and Ann Street, P.T. Barnum, St. Paul Building, The Happy Family
When most of us hear the name P.T. Barnum, we automatically think of the circus and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” But many years before P.T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus made its debut in 1870 — and 40 years before he partnered with James A. Bailey – Phineas Taylor Barnum rose […]
Tags: Isaac Moses, James Boorman, New York History, New York Institution for the Blind, organ grinder, Timothy McGrath, Weylandt Patent
If you’re like most people reading this, when you hear the term “organ grinder” you immediately picture a man of Italian descent playing the bulky instrument with a Capuchin monkey at his side collecting coins in a tin cup. It may be stereotypical, but you can’t be blamed for thinking this way. By 1880, according […]