Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

The following cat story of Old Brooklyn is courtesy of The Brownstone Detectives, who first published this tale in March 2017. I take the story one step further by exploring the history around the Grand Street Museum and the land on which it was once located.  Agent Clark Investigates a Report of Cruelty to Cats […]

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 […]

In previous posts I shared stories about Harry, the blue-ribbon police horse of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and Bulb, the bad-luck police horse of the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. Today I want to tell you about Artemas L. Fish, who, like Patrolman Henry Hilton and Harry the horse, was attached to the Prospect Park Police. Before […]

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NYPD Mounted Heroes, Part II A few weeks back, I wrote about two New York police officers who were killed in the line of duty while patrolling the streets of Brooklyn on a horse named Bulb. Now I’d like to share a happy story about Harry, a wonderful horse who served with the Prospect Park […]

Part I of a Parkville Precinct Puppy Tale In 1907 the Police Department of the City of New York, under the command of Police Commissioner Theodore Bingham, sent Inspector George R. Wakefield to Paris and Ghent, Belgium, to look into acquiring some police dogs. Police dogs had been gaining popularity in Europe since their first […]

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Once upon a time, there was a cat and dog boarding house nestled in the thick woods near 49th Street and 10th Avenue, in what was then the town of New Utrecht, Brooklyn, in Kings County, New York. The kennels, advertised as the Chelmsford Stock Farm, were just a stone’s throw from Fort Hamilton Avenue […]

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  “A mascot there was who almost wasn’t But he has the life he almost hasn’t. And the fact is this: Though he’s somewhat wizened, Though he almost isn’t— He is.” — Angus MacGregor, Hartford Courant, October 12, 1930 An old maritime superstition was that if a mascot was lost at sea, a member of […]