Part I: Buster and Topsy, the Rival Police Cat Mascots On the evening of December 6, 1911, the men of the old Eldridge Street police precinct in New York City’s Lower East Side moved into the brand-new station house occupied by the men of the old Delancey Street precinct. The large modern building at the corner of Clinton and […]
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Tags: Cat Stories, Lower East Side, New York History, NYPD, police cats, police mascots
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
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…
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: Airship America, Gimbel Brothers, Gimbels Department Store, Melvin Vaniman, New York History, Trent, W.G. McAdoo, Walt Wellman
Trent, the tabby cat made famous by an unsuccessful flight across the Atlantic in the airship America, wowed the crowds at Gimbels in New York City.
Tags: Duffy MacNab, Famous ship cats, Francis Henry Wadsworth, New York History, Pier 64, TSS Caledonia
On March 25, 1905, Caledonia made her maiden voyage from Glasgow, Scotland, to New York and back. In addition to the passengers and crew, on board was a young black cat that the crew named Duffy MacNab — or The MacNab, for short.
Tags: B.F. Keith, Cat Stories, James M. Hill, Michael Sweeney, Morton House, New York History, Old New York, Union Square Theatre
Union Square Jim was a large, blue-eyed, orange tabby mascot of the old Union Square Theatre in New York City. Jim was born in the theater sometime around 1886, a year after James Hill took over as manager of the theater.
Tags: Cat Stories, Morton House Hotel, New York History, Old New York, Sheridan Shook, Union Place Hotel, Union Square Theatre
Like most cats that became the popular mascots of New York City police stations, fire stations, hotels, and theaters in the 1800s and 1900s, Jim began his life as a vagrant cat without friends or influence. It didn’t take him long, however, to win the hearts of the managers, actors, and patrons of the old Union Square Theatre.
Tags: Cat Stories, New York History, Old New York
Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. Warwick Albert Wisner Library Warwick, New York I’m taking the Hatching Cat on the road! My very first presentation will be on February 7 at the Warwick Albert Wisner Library, which was just named the Best Small Library in America 2016 by Library Journal. Over the next year […]
Tags: Fusion, New York City Hall, New York History, Snooky, Tom Halton
On May 3, 1939, one month after popular City Hall cat Tammany died at the Ellin Prince Speyer Hospital, an 11-month-old multicolored female cat from Woodside, Queens, made her debut at City Hall. The cat was the pet of City Hall night watchman Tom Halton, who had been greatly saddened by the passing of Tammany. […]
Tags: Harry Westerby, Hopper Farm, Lester Patrick, Madision Square Garden III, New York History, New York Rangers, Tex Rickard, The Great Kill
“The love of a man for a dog is as nothing compared to a hockey player’s love for his cat.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Feb. 6, 1931 As I’m writing this post, the New York Rangers have just beaten the Washington Capitals in the Eastern conference semifinals. After making it all the way to the Stanley […]