Posts Tagged ‘Lower East Side’

Prelude to the 1914 Cat Attack In the early morning hours of November 4, 1911, a bomb went off in front of a butcher shop and coffee saloon on the northwest corner of James Street and Oak Street in New York City’s Lower East Side. The explosion could be heard two blocks away at the […]

Part I: Buster and Topsy, the Rival Police Cat Mascots On the evening of December 6, 1911, the men of the old Eldridge Street police precinct in New York City’s Lower East Side moved into the brand-new station house occupied by the men of the old Delancey Street precinct. The large modern building at the corner of Clinton and […]

The following story is dedicated to my cat Romeow, who passed away after 16 years of life on July 21, 2014. On June 15, 1904, the General Slocum caught fire and sank in the East River. An estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 people on board the side-wheel passenger boat were killed — most of them […]

The following story is dedicated to my cat Romeow, who passed away after 16 years of life on July 21, 2014. On June 15, 1904, the General Slocum caught fire and sank in the East River. An estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 people on board the side-wheel passenger boat were killed — most of them […]

Before there was a Seward Park on Essex Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, there was a square block of old wooden houses and crumbling brick tenements where hundreds of immigrants and alley cats made their home. There once was a woman who lived in a dilapidated frame tenement house on the Lower […]

The movers and shakers of New York City were quite a progressive bunch during the holidays in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially on Thanksgiving Day. Their efforts would have certainly made New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio , Reverend Al Sharpton, Bernie Sanders, and their supporters proud. According to news reports […]

    In a recent post, I wrote about Ginger, a well-loved fire dog for Hook and Ladder Co. No. 5 of New York’s Metropolitan Fire Department. So many people enjoyed this story — especially my fellow volunteer firefighters and EMS workers – so I started digging more into the history of fire dogs in […]