Posts Tagged ‘Animal Tales’

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One day in September 1903, the Larsons took a trip to Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. The weather was obviously pleasant, because they left a window open in their apartment at 246 West 114th Street in Harlem. This window led to a fire escape, which was a favorite sleeping spot for their Irish setter, Dane.

Comments Off on 1903: A Fine Funeral for Dane, the Beloved Irish Setter of Harlem

One day in September 1903, the Larsons took a trip to Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. The weather was obviously pleasant, because they left a window open in their apartment at 246 West 114th Street in Harlem. This window led to a fire escape, which was a favorite sleeping spot for their Irish setter, Dane.

In the 1600s, the island of Manhattan comprised New Amsterdam and Harlem. These settlements were separated by wilderness inhabited by Native Americans and wild animals, including wolves. According to James W. Beekman, president of the New York Historical Society in 1869, as late as 1685 there was a proclamation granting the permission to hunt and […]

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  In the spring of 1893, 27-year-old Frank C. Bostock and his wife, Susannah Ethel Bailey, sold their shares of the Bostock, Wombell, and Bailey Circus (yes, that Bailey) and sailed from Liverpool to New York aboard the Bovic, a White Star Line steamship that specialized in the shipment of livestock. The couple didn’t travel […]

This story begins with an Irish immigrant named John Mullaly, who worked as a reporter and editor in the mid-1800s for several New York City papers. John was a big proponent of green spaces, and often wrote about the lack of such spaces in New York City. Consider that at this time, the city had […]

A slice of the block bounded by Mulberry, Houston, Crosby, and Bleecker Streets has been torn away for the Elm Street (Lafayette Street) lengthening. By rare good fortune this demolition took the course of the little slum… It razed every vestige of the slum, leaving only a broad street, with a semi square where Bleecker […]

A while back, I wrote about Sir Oliver, a parrot that performed on Broadway in the early 1900s and served as mascot for The Lambs, America’s first professional theatrical club. Right after I posted the story, New York actor and Lambs’ Shepherd (president) Marc Baron contacted me to tell me that The Lambs also had […]

Oscar Hammerstein had a farm (EIEIO). And on this farm he had a watermill, a windmill, a pond with a bridge and two boats, a few stone houses, a vegetable garden, a donkey, a turkey, a rooster, four hens, a near-sighted monkey, three peanut monkeys, several sheep, 1 duck and 4 ducklings. The main attraction […]

Recently, I wrote about Tom, the mascot of New York’s City Hall from 1891 to 1908. Tom may have acted as if he were the king cat of New York, but that’s probably because he didn’t know about his feline counterpart in Brooklyn. Jerry Fox, an enormous tiger cat “of striking appearance” who performed heroic […]

Once upon a time – June 1908, to be exact – an eccentric pseudo-princess portrait painter came to New York City. This beautiful auburn-haired princess loved all kinds of animals and despised people who were not kind to them. She told the press (via her private press secretary, Frederick M. Delius) that she lived by […]