A history of New York’s larger-than-life felines
The history of New York is filled with inspirational figures, eccentric characters and unexpected heroes. But some are in danger of being forgotten, ones whose names rarely get mentioned in the history books.
Like, for instance, the cats.
No, seriously. New York has had some famous (if now obscure) cats. Like Jerry Fox, a tiger cat who patrolled Brooklyn between 1879 and 1905 and “was often credited for preventing crimes or alerting humans to danger,” writes Peggy Gavan in her new book, “The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendships in Old New York” (Rutgers University Press).