Archive for the ‘Dog Tails’ Category

Chico and Punch, the two pampered pooches of photographer Alice Austen, on the porch of Clear Comfort, the 17th-century farmhouse on Staten Island where Alice spent most of her life. Chico and Punch lived with Alice for about 15 years, during which time she took many photos of them. Alice took this photograph in 1893.  […]

George Washington. Ben Franklin. General William Howe. Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt. These are just a few of the prominent men in history who visited the 17th-century farmhouse on the banks of The Narrows in Rosebank, Staten Island, where photographer Alice Austen made history in the late 19th century. Today, this old farmhouse where Alice lived with her family […]

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.

This story is about three French bulldogs, the first cricket club in New York City, an old farm, and a grand hotel called Gilsey House. It stars a pseudo-princess named Aimée Isabella Crocker Ashe Gillig Gouraud Miskinoff Galitzine. If I had the ability, I’d turn this Old New York tale into a movie. Part I: Aimée […]

1940s: Crispin’s Crispian, the Terrier of Cobble Court in NYC’s Lenox Hill, Part III

Posted: 27th November 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

In this final chapter of Crispin’s Crispian, I’ll tell the fascinating story of what happened to the old New York farmhouse where his famous pet mom, Margaret Wise Brown, wrote her final children’s book, Mister Dog

1940s: Crispin’s Crispian, the Terrier of Cobble Court in NYC’s Lenox Hill, Part II

Posted: 25th November 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

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.

1940s: Crispin’s Crispian, the Terrier of Cobble Court in NYC’s Lenox Hill, Part I

Posted: 18th November 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

In February 1966, the demolition of several old buildings on York Avenue between East 71st Street and East 72nd Street revealed a very tiny frame house where a dog once inspired author Margaret Wise Brown.

1900: Major Van Buren Stephens, the Hero Dog of New York’s Chelsea

Posted: 20th October 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

In July 1900, Mrs. John T. Stephens lost the canine love of her life. Having lost her young son just two years before, the death of her dog Major was more than she could bear.

1899: Strike, the Heroic Eighth Precinct Police Dog of New York City’s Tribeca

Posted: 31st August 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

For the policemen of Manhattan’s Leonard Street Station, doing strike duty in Brooklyn meant spending a lot of time riding on the trolley cars looking for trouble. It was during this week that they “adopted” a big, brown, shaggy dog who would change their lives for the better. They named him Strike.

1926: Grumpy, “Jes’ an Ordinary, Plain, Everyday Dog” of a New York Banker

Posted: 30th June 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

For years, Grumpy Bizallion’s monument was the tallest at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York, standing just over six feet.