Posts Tagged ‘Old New York’

1888: Union Square Jim, the Mascot Cat of New York’s Union Square Theatre, II

Posted: 21st August 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

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.

1888: Union Square Jim, the Mascot Cat of New York’s Union Square Theatre, I

Posted: 13th August 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

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.

1912: Miss Bacillus, the Guinea Pig That Survived the Equitable Life Building Fire

Posted: 18th June 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

Two weeks after the Equitable Life fire, workmen who were trying to salvage the contents of the cellar vaults and safe boxes rescued a cat named Kaiser and a black guinea pig later named Miss Bacillus.

1912: The Ten Lives of Kaiser, the Equitable Life Building Fire Cat, Part II

Posted: 4th June 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

Unbeknownst to the FDNY firefighters, a cat named Kaiser was trapped in the basement of the Equitable Life Building as it burned to the ground.

1912: The Ten Lives of Kaiser, the Equitable Life Building Fire Cat, Part I

Posted: 29th May 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

Many articles have been written about the iconic Equitable Building fire in New York City, but few mention Kaiser, the Equitable Fire Cat.

1917: Crazy Cat and the Bohemian Greenwich Village Felines of Sheridan Square, Part III

Posted: 21st May 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

In Part I and Part II of this Old New York bohemian cat tale, many of the photos were taken by photojournalist Jessie Tarbox Beals. In this final post in the series, I’ll share many of her cat photos and take you on a tour of her Sheridan Square studio in Greenwich Village.

1931: Toby Wendel, the French Poodle Heir With a $1 Million Dog Yard on Fifth Avenue

Posted: 27th April 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

“The public clamored for news of this wealthy family—celebrated as much for its celibacy as its eccentricity—and the press obliged. Despite a fortune built on fur and real estate, the eight Wendel siblings shunned high society, ensconcing themselves in an antiquated house of mystery amid the cacophonous commerce of midtown Manhattan. There, starved of society […]

1833: The Lion King of Greenwich Village and the Bowery, Part III

Posted: 9th April 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

Part 3 of a 3-part story about Isaac Van Amburgh, the Richmond Hill estate in Greenwich Village, and New York’s Zoological Institute in the Bowery

1833: The Lion King of Greenwich Village and the Bowery, Part III

Posted: 9th April 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

Part 3 of a 3-part story about Isaac Van Amburgh, the Richmond Hill estate in Greenwich Village, and New York’s Zoological Institute in the Bowery

1833: The Lion King of Greenwich Village and the Bowery, Part II

Posted: 3rd April 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

Part 2 of a 3-part story about Isaac Van Amburgh, the Richmond Hill estate in Greenwich Village, and New York’s Zoological Institute in the Bowery