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Miss Bridget Cork, a dark gray Irish cat, arrived at New York City Hall on February 14, 1894.

In 1936, a rather disheveled kitten about seven months old stepped into the lobby of New York City’s Algonquin Hotel on 44th Street. Like most stray cats, he was fighting for survival on the streets, and a hotel lobby was as good a place as any to search (or beg) for food and shelter. Frank […]

From the day he was born, Homicide was destined to be a police cat. No one knows where he came from, or if he ever attended Police College, but the flat-footed feline knew exactly what it meant to be on the job in New York City.

The following story is dedicated to the six firefighters of Squad 252 in Brooklyn, NY, who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. I’ve never known a cat to be very fond of fires and fire trucks – albeit, my cat Boo does love to climb ladders and bake in […]

During the 1800s and early 1900s, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served as a pseudo receiving and distributing station for the animal mascots of American warships. Some of these animals were born at the Navy Yard, while others stopped in to visit from time to time during their many years at sea. In the late 1800s, […]

I recently wrote about Old Tom, who was a very popular mascot of New York’s City Hall in the early 1900s. Although several other cats took over Tom’s place at City Hall after he died, none of these felines were as popular as Tammany, who occupied City Hall during the administrations of Mayor Jimmy Walker […]

The following story is dedicated to the family of Martin J. Keese, the most famous custodian of City Hall in the history of New York. It was a cold and wet day in 1891 when the homely tabby kitten with white paws first tried to make New York’s City Hall his manor home. Somehow he […]