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There’s no cat quite like the New York City bodega cat—killer of rats, fixture of the detergent aisle, silent observer of the human condition. If only these cats could talk. Well, now they can.
Jennifer Hsu produces videos about news and culture for WNYC. She is the creator of the Know Your Neighbor video series, which won a 2014 ...
Amy Pearl makes photos and videos for WNYC. She worked at the New York Post as a copy kid in high school. Fresh out of college, Pearl was ...
What a wonderful series! Thank you.And just in case you are taking suggestions, I have one. Visit Dutch Flower Line on 28th Street or G.Page Flowers on 28th Street (both are wholesale flower markets; bodegas for flowers!) - each has a cat on staff. Not exactly bodega cats, but valued in just the same way by all of us folks who are lucky enough to see them.Please keep making your delightful videos!Cat McK
Anyone know where Oliver's bodega is precisely on the UWS?
We adopted the son of a bodega cat aka "big head" who lived in a bodega in the garment center in NYC. "Big Head" would wait every day, after he was fed of course, for the manually operated elevator to go upstairs to visit his various girlfriends upstairs in the garment factories. Well, of course, he knocked up Jenny, a sweet calico that lived in the factory we wereusing to sew our line. "Nabe", son of Big Head and Jenny was born on Bill Blass fabric, an adorable black and white kittywith the will of his dad-after we took him home he found a way to open the refrig and help himself to his food when wewere off at work-as well as the sweetness of his Mom....love those Bodega Cats, great piece!Maria BarrazaBarrazaStyleManhattan
I love that the owners narrate the inner voice of the cats. Wasn't there talk at one point of the Health Department cracking down on cats in delis? Did that get anywhere? Ugh- Department of Health... I understand that they're there to prevent preventable illnesses but they have gotten really over the top in the past few years.
I lived in Park slope and now, it's two years ago I moved to Berlin, Germany. Loved the stories, they made me very homesick, but here are cats too, one roams the large backyard of our building and kills a bird once in a while, but there also lives a fox and a hedgehog.Thanks for the storiesIngrid
I love these videos as much as I love the bodega cats themselves. Whenever I move to a new neighborhood, I scope out the local bodegas and frequent the one with the kitty!
I love this series about the working cat! If you're ever in Bay Ridge, go to the Appletree Natural Market on 3rd Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets and meet Nicholas!
These are terrific. My Columbia Univ. nabe has a wonderful cat, Pancho (well, Pancho II or maybe III) who lives at the Samad Deli on Bdway. But, Pancho also resides at Sta Travel and sometimes at Possibilities, the card store in between. I call him ShopCat. He sleeps in various window displays, and everyone in the neighborhood - including ALL of the Bank Street School kids - knows him by name.
love all the videos. brilliant
You should visit Catsup at Bedford Express near the Bedford-Nostrand G.
He's a war hero, a raconteur and the neighborhood MVP.
The bodega cat in my neighborhood loves the free range chickens who live in between the apartment buildings, in the little courtyard. You can see her studying those chickens, thinking up recipes. She looks at them so seriously. But the chickens are about three times her size. So she keeps to herself. Smart cat.
All the bodega cats convene at www.bodegacat.tumblr.com
What a great series! If you move beyond bodegas to other kinds of stores, go meet Valentino, the big, burly, thick-necked cat who resides in Pet Kitchen on Christopher Street.
You really captured the personalities of the people and cats. LOVED IT. I cannot remember a store in my old neighborhood that didn't have a "bodega cat" including the butcher! They keep the bug and mouse problem under control and are invaluable.
This is a wonderful idea, and these are terrific videos - thanks for documenting the lives of these cats, their owners, and their homes. Unfortunately, all of this will soon be demolished in the onslaught of gentrification.
Sorry to sound so grim, but I've lived in neighborhoods with bodega cats, and bodegas, for years. It has been a total delight to have these creatures as neighbors but the stores, owners and cats are all disappearing, and with it another piece of the specialness of New York.
The cat meme on the internet flourishes while the real ones aren't allowed to - it's ironic.
A most delightful video . Thank you!
Excellent work, Amy and Jennifer.
I love these so much - the voices, the words, the images, the kittehs. Put together perfectly to provide the perfect glimpse into a Bodega Cat's life. I love it all. Great job!
Thank you for making these! They are wonderful. Please make more :))
these are "working" cats who deserve the love and attention that they are getting. Videos and commentary are terrific!
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