Archive for the ‘Cat Mascots’ Category

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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. […]

“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 […]

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 […]