Traffic Jam – but for the right reasons


James Cudmore, a police officer, halted traffic as a cat transported five kittens, one by one, across Lafayette Street in Manhattan in 1925. Credit Harry Warnecke/NY Daily News Archive, via Getty Images

There was a time when the life of a New York City cat was filled with adventure. The archives of The New York Times reveal a golden era for feline exploits in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when cats were apparently as essential to newspapers as they now are to the internet. Tales (some of them seemingly tall) of the city’s cat population — domesticated, stray and in between — ranged from drama to comedy to tragedy. Here is a small selection. read more…


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