Urban Fur: River Street

April 24, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, Urban Fur, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


Taken April 24, 2013.

Urban Fur: Callie & Peter Revisited

pandcsmallNow that the holidays have come and gone, yours truly has recovered from whatever ailment was afflicting her AND is more or less settled into Chez Shitty 2.0 I opted to while away the sunny (if brisk) day with a sojourn through my community’s Industrial Business Zone.

While the reasons I opt to pound the pavement in this area— repeatedly— are manifold, today’s peregrinations had a purpose: to check in on my favorite feral feline of them all. Callie, as seen at left with her “person” Peter. The fact of the matter is I have seen neither hide nor hair of her since Hurricane Sandy struck. Naturally I have been quite concerned about this.

Anyhoo, this afternoon I finally made it to Bogart Street. This is where Callie holds court. I checked her shelter: nothing. Then I heard a voice:

Look behind you.

So I did.


Not only is Callie doing just fine but she was enjoying the day’s victuals in the comfort of Peter’s automobile! Suffice it to say this made me very, very happy. Those of you who wish to do so can view more images of Callie and Peter enjoying each other’s company by clicking here.


New York Shitty Day Ender: Smile!

Taken December 6, 2012.

Urban Fur: On The Waterfront

November 19, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

Taken November 19, 2012.

Urban Fur: On The Waterfront

November 8, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Java Street.

Urban Fur: The Kids Are Alright

Anyone who has followed this blog for any appreciable period of time knows yours truly is rather fond of felines. Thus this afternoon— with some trepidation, I’ll add— I ventured forth to see how my favorite feral colony fared the storm.*

Not only was it still intact, but one resident was catching up on some much-needed sunbathing!

*True confession time: all feral colonies are my favorite. However, this one has a certain je nais sais quoi. Methinks the deal-maker is the stuffed tiger.


Urban Fur: Urban Jungle

October 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Urban Fur, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Urban Fur: West Street

July 4, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

Taken July 4, 2012.

Urban Fur: Metropolitan Avenue

June 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Urban Fur, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken June 25, 2012.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Vollies Needed!

April 19, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The very kind lady who oversees the feral cat colony at the end of India Street, Tori, writes:

Hi Heather,

We met at the unfortunate demise of one of our cats at the River Colony… I’ve been telling people, recently, I’m missing a few cats down there. Their response is that it is spring, yada.

Anyway, I don’t think the filth helps much, viz-a-viz disease, if that is what this is. I’ve tried, but it is more crap and glass than one person can handle. When the city cleaned for the opening of the ferry, they did the whole area, *except* for the colony area, i.e. the area behind the barriers. Nice. And they had like, 50 workers. What would it have cost them to have swept and cleaned that area for me? Especially since I had been on the horn with the head of sanitation since a long time before the ferry was a gleam in whomever’s eye, trying to get a crew out there. C’est la… citie.

Would you be able to post this for me?

Tori goes on to add in a second email:

1. One of my feeders is unable to continue due to conflicts of work schedule, so I will need new volunteers for the colony at West Street for nighttime feeders,  5-7 pm. The ad should say “this is not for the cats at the ferry. That colony has two daily caretakers.”

I think people have seen the ad requesting feeders for a colony on India and assume it is for the cats at the ferry, because I have seen a huge uptick in human food debris and cat food cans being left randomly, which is a lot of extra work for me. Work I do not need, needless to say.

Therefore, I’m thinking of asking you, would it be possible for you to post a notice to people stating the following?

2. Please to not leave human food near the ferry for the cats. Bacon, ham, barbecue chicken, salad, Chinese food and sandwiches are some of the food the caretaker has to clean up in the morning. Pork products are especially harmful to the cats. The cats are fed twice a day and they do not eat human food. The food attracts ants, flies and vermin, particularly in the hot weather and is potentially a health problem for the colony. The caretakers are appreciative of your thoughtfulness.

Done— and done!

Photo Credits: This photo of yours truly’s favorite feline who calls India Street her home (her name is Esméralda, for those of you are wondering) was taken by yours truly. I have word she is safe and sound!

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