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. […]
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1887: Punch and Chico, the Photogenic Dogs of Alice Austen That Lived Where History Was Made, Part IIPosted: 20th February 2017 by The Hatching Cat in Dog Tails
Tags: Alice Austen, Gertrude Tate, New York History, Staten Island Poor Farm, Stephen Martineau
1887: Punch and Chico, the Photogenic Dogs of Alice Austen That Lived Where History Was Made in Staten Island, Part IPosted: 10th February 2017 by The Hatching Cat in Dog Tails
Tags: Alice Austen, Cat Stories, Clear Comfort, Dog stories, Gertrude Tate, Oswald Muller, Staten Island history
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 […]
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
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.
1889: The Princess and the Pampered French Bulldogs Who Lived at the Gilsey House in New York City, Part IPosted: 8th January 2017 by The Hatching Cat in Dog Tails, Old New York
Tags: 1200 Broadway, Aimee Crocker, Casper Samler, Gilsey House, Henry Gillig, New York City History, Old New York, Porter Ashe, Samler Farm
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 […]
Tags: 121 Charles Street, Crispin's Crispian, Margaret Glass Healy, Margaret Wise Brown, Mister Dog, New York City History, Old New York
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
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: Crispin's Crispian, David Provost, Lenox Hill, Louvre Farm, Margaret Wise Brown, Mister Dog, New York History
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.
Tags: Chelsea Gardens, Clement C. Moore, Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, John T. Stephens, London Terrace, Myra Van Buren Stephens, New York History
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.
Tags: Brooklyn Rapid Transit strike, Eighth Precinct, Leonard Lispenard, Leonard Street Station, Lispenard's Meadows, New York History, Old New York
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.
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.