Every once and a while I come across an old animal story that goes into my special folder called “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.” The following cat tale is somewhat funny, very bizarre, and a bit tragic.
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Tags: Angora cats, Hopper Farm, Margaret Owen, New York History, Old New York, The Blue Kitten
Tags: Arthur Kill Road, Benjamin Seaman, David H. Cortelou, George W. White, Greenridge Staten Island, Lawrence H. Cortelyou, Staten Island history
In January 1896, the tiny hamlet of Greenridge, Staten Island, was all a buzz over the reported sighting of a large, ferocious black bear. Doors were closed and barred at dusk, and guns and pistols were cleaned and loaded.
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: 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: 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: 42nd Precinct, Arrowhead Inn, Benjamin Riley, Hendrick Oblienis, Jacob Arden, New York History, NYPD history, Robert C. Rathbone
In June 1912, New York City Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo created a new 42nd Precinct to serve the people of the rapidly developing northern tip of Manhattan. In July 1913, the 207 policemen of the 42nd Precinct packed up their gear and moved into the old Guion/Rathbone house on Haven Avenue at West 177th Street.
Tags: 42nd Precinct, Arrowhead Inn, Benjamin Riley, New York History, NYPD history, Robert C. Rathbone, Suburban Riding and Driving Club, Washington Heights
For Lady Alice, Sir Tom, and the men of the 42nd Precinct, life was good in the old Rathbone mansion at 177th Street and Haven Avenue in Washington Heights.
Tags: Joel Wolfe, New York History, Seguine's Point, Staten Island history, Staten Island quarantine, Udolpho Wolfe, Wolfe's Pond
On May 1, 1857, the Quarantine Commissioners purchased 50 acres of the Wolfe Farm on Staten Island for $23,000 for use as a quarantine for sick immigrants.
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.