Archive for March 30, 2012

St. James/Joseph’s Cats Update

I heard back from Mike at the Mayor’s Animal Alliance (New York City Feral Cat Initiative) regarding the St. James/Joseph’s cats situation.  His response is set forth below.


We keep hoping to announce resolution but unfortunately it’s taking time.

The good news is that during the “negotiations” they have stopped removing the food for the cats. The feeders reported that the plates were still there this morning and licked clean. This doesn’t mean things are resolved but we have hope to hear from them as early as tomorrow that they have accepted our proposal for terms of ongoing care of the cats.

Sincerely, Mike Phillips, NYCFCI



Updates on St. James/Joseph’s Cats

I’m sorry to say I have nothing new to report on the St. James/Joseph’s feral cat situation.  I have checked the Mayor’s Animal Alliance website for the last two days but have not seen any updates concerning the outcome of the March 27th meeting with the Archdiocese. I did send the Alliance two e-mails asking them to let me know if any progress had been made, but so far I have heard nothing from them.  When/If I do, I’ll let you know.

Manhattan’s Theater District

A friend of mine invited me to see a Broadway show last night.  Even though I work in Manhattan five days a week, I was amazed at how many people visit, work and play on that side of town.  The strategy we had to use just to cross the street was unbelieveable.  Should any of you go to a show in that area, give yourselves at least 20 – 30 minutes “walk” time due to the “pedestrian” traffic jams or you might be late for the show.

Bloomingdale’s New York

Bloomingdale’s is one of New York’s most popular (and expensive) department stores.  It was a little weird though when walking to the “F” train to go home the other night (the “F” train is one of the subway lines linking Queens to Manhattan and Manhattan to Brooklyn) I saw police officers patrolling the building in riot gear accompanied by police dogs. Bomb threat maybe? 

Ever since 9/11 these are occurrences we New Yorkers deal with sometimes on a daily basis. Police officers setting tables up in subway stations to check bags, guardsmen stationed with uzis in Penn Station, etc.  The City is always on alert.

My office was actually open on 9/12 and yes I went in to work (even though I was scared to death).  I remember thinking that I never saw the City so empty and still.  The sky was so hazy and the smell of smoke permeated the air – even up here on Third Avenue and 52nd Street.  A military tank rode uptown on Third Avenue followed by military personnel with weapons at the ready in jeeps, something I’ve never seen since, and hope never to see again.

Many of us pray that a tragedy of this magnitude will never occur again in New York or anywhere else. At least I know I pray it doesn’t. 


Update on Two Prior Posts

I just wanted to give everyone an update on the St. James/Joseph’s cats.  The Archdiocese has agreed to meet with the Animal Coalition tomorrow.  Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.  It’s wonderful to see what can happen when we all pull together.

The second update is on the lack of clothes on New Yorkers today.  As usual I woke up to the weather report on 1010 News – the reason for this being if I don’t have time to listen to anything else, I’d like to have a clue as to what to wear.  Well the weatherman said it was 50 degrees but in the afternoon winds could gust up to 40 miles per hour and in the evening the temperature could go down in the 30’s or 40’s.  Well seeing what people were wearing today told me THEY did not listen to any weather reports.  I saw the gambit from t-shirts and no jackets to cute little cardigan sweaters.  Well me being me, I wore the little heavier jacket and put my trusty Pashmina in my bag (and even though I hate to repeat myself), just in case…


Work in progress (2012)

New York City Coffee Trucks

After reading Gene’s blog about food vendors I thought I’d give you a tip on coffee trucks.  The rule of thumb is NEVER go the one that does not have at least two people waiting in line for coffee.  The ones that don’t have a line (more times then not) have terrible coffee.  I mean dish water weak coffee.  As the coffee trucks now charge $1.00 for a small coffee I thought I’d post this as I hate to see anyone waste a dollar on dish water.



This is for all you new drivers (or even tourists) who are making deliveries (or visiting NYC)  help get some good and reasonable food.  When you walk or drive the streets, you’re going to get hungry, and then the decision is WHERE to go.  The sidewalk vendors are readily available. 

You’re going to see and smell numerous food carts/vendors all over the place.  Most of them selling hot dogs, pretzles, etc.  Don’t waste your time unless hot dogs are REALLY what you want.  To me dirty water hot dogs (boiled in water with saurkraut juice for flavor) only goes so far – and the price!

Here’s a little secret we New Yorkers know.  I’d like to share and educate you on it.  New York City has a large middle eastern cuisine.  Do not be afraid to try it –  it’s something different but really good.  If you see a sign that says “HALAL meat” all that means is how the animals are handled.  Similar to “kosher” as I’m sure you already know the term. The usual plate they offer consists of: rice, vegetables and then lamb/beef or chicken (seasoned very nicely with sauces on the side) and a  drink for the  grand total of $6.00 – a major bargain in the City.  Enjoy.  The other thing on the menu is something called a GYRO. It containes all of the ingredients listed on the plate and then some . Just think of everything on PITA bread . Which is a round flatbread , that when  folded has not only the lamb and beef ,but all the vegetables and sauce it can be come a Royal Mess. As your eating this creation it becomes apparent that I’ts dripping all over your shirt and pants. Not a recommended sandwich if your going to take it back to the TRUCK 

MomWitDragonTat2s – St. James/Joseph Feral Cats

Hi all.  I got permission from my friend (whose blogger name is MomWitDragonTat2s) to post her e-mail to the “church officials” regarding the feral cat situation.  I mentioned her “Noah scenario” briefly in my blog yesterday.  My friend not only addresses the current feral cat situation but also addresses issues near and dear to her heart.  I hope you find her e-mail as entertaining and enlightening as I did.

Dear “Church Officials” –

I have become aware of your plight with the feral cats that have uninvited and unceremoniously invaded your property. I just want you to know, I support you. Even if no one else does. I think starving them out is commendable!

Albeit, I think you can do better. This coming from a church that is notorious for molesting little boys and protecting the pedophile priests, your actions are surprisingly benign.

Pope Pius XII’s indifference to the Holocaust actually aided the Nazi’s for Christ sake!! 8 cats… HA! How many thousands of Jewish souls perished while the Pope sat on his Holy Sees and did nothing? Why on EARTH would you save the lives of eight insignificant felines?

And speaking of Popes, what about them Borgias, huh!? Who knew one could BUY a Papacy?! I’m going to get one as soon as my 401K turns over.

The Catholic Church doesn’t even respect the rights of women in this modern era. No abortion, no birth control and definitely no support from you guys for those unwanted children, who in all likelihood will suffer from poverty, abuse and neglect. Why would they expect you to feed a few feral cats?

I believe God was being unreasonable when he instructed Noah to build his Ark so big to save all the animals. I know you would have done the easy thing and thrown them ALL off, but that Noah, being all righteous and respectable and good, saved those damn animals even though it would have been so much more luxurious for Noah and his family on a yacht. In fact, you wouldn’t be in this situation if God didn’t have a soft spot for furry creatures.

Why then, would pillars of the community and the source of Catholic faith be expected to act and serve as an example?

It is CHURCH PROPERTY after all. And what do they think “Church Property” is? Free? Open to worship? Belonging to the congregation and the mass of followers that SUPPORT the church? Who do they think they are!

It’s for priests and the church to collect donations from the people that can barely afford it, serve up lies and false faith, to line the coffers, hire defense attorney’s to keep on speed dial (never know when one of those pesky children cries “abuse!”) and guild the Vatican with gold!

Please pay no mind to the lunatics that are calling and emailing and “harassing” you to “do the right thing by showing compassion and remorse and SAVING LIVES” they have no idea what they are talking about. Just because the Catholic Church preaches this, doesn’t mean that you, yourselves actually expect people to FOLLOW it. It’s the old “do as I say, not as I do” deal. Yeah I get it. My parents used to use that with me whenever they were doing something wrong and they didn’t want me to follow their bad example.

Have you ever wondered why people lose faith? I have. I think I got it figured out. It’s usually when the ones people come to expect, those people trust, to guide them through dark times, to reinforce their faith, to show kindness when there is none to be found, ABANDON them, DISAPPOINT them, and BETRAY them. And its for this very reason the catholic congregation is dwindling. Churches are going broke all around NYC. People are abandoning the Catholic Church faster than you can starve a cat!

So yeah, I get it, don’t save the animals. Not like you are paying for it and no one is asking you to go out in just your underwear and clergy collar in the snow to collect those cats. All you really have to do is let the people on the property that care and they will do all the dirty work. But hey, saying NO just because you can say no is a powerful feeling. Not like you took an oath to God or anything.


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