If a store has a cat on staff, it instantly becomes our favorite place. So when a book came out featuring several felines in multiple places across New York City, our favorite places totally multiplied.
“Shop Cats of New York” is a new book by author Tamar Arslanian and photographer Andrew Marttila, published by Harper Collins. The cats within the pages are real working cats who grace the shelves and stacks and bins of businesses throughout the city.
You’ll see Matlida, the Algonquin Hotel cat, who holds a birthday party/fashion show every year. She sits at the concierge desk, surveying her hotel, her dignified stature looking even more majestic in these beautiful pictures.
Head a little further along in the book, and farther downtown, and you’ll meet Keetah. This gray cat calls the rows of vinyl at Bleeker Street Records her home. She’s such an important part of the store that her face graces buttons and shirts that fans snatch up when they visit.
Hop boroughs and you can meet up with Jeffie at Kings County Distillery. Jeffie follows a tradition of cats working at granaries, and his job at this longtime whiskey distillery is no different — he’s a mouser. But, from how the book describes him, the nicest possible kind, because he apparently never kills what he hunts.
These are only three of the cats you’ll see in this new book. Each one has a compelling backstory and several gorgeous pictures to complete his or her profile. Pick up a copy to meet even more fascinating felines in the big city.