Cat Men of Gotham

‘The Cat Men of Gotham’ Comes to G.L. Library

News & Updates

      The Greenwood Lake Public Library, located at 79 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake, welcomes back author Peggy Gavan on Sat., Nov. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. to talk about her latest book “The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendships in Old New York,” published May 2019. The nineteenth century was a rough time to be a stray cat in New York City. The city’s human residents dealt with feline overpopulation by gassing unwanted cats or tossing them in rivers. But a few lucky strays were found by a diverse array of men – including firemen, cops, athletes, and politicians – who rescued them from the streets and welcomed them into their homes and hearts.

      This book tells the stories of these heroic cat men of Gotham and their beloved feline companions. Among the forty-two profiles, many of these alley cats achieved renown as sports team mascots, artists’ muses, and even presidential pets. The book takes a journey through the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, introducing tales of powerful men and their pussycats.

      Peggy Gavan is a journalist, editor, volunteer firefighter, and New Yorker with a passion for cats and New York City history. She

lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their two cats.

      To register online visit www.gwllibrary.org, or call 477-8377, ext. 101.

‘Love of Baseball Show’

      The Library’s Art Gallery presents photographer Marilynn Potter’s Love of Baseball show for the month of November. Marilynn’s interest in photography began at a young age, when her father started taking stills and movies of the family and their activities. She was excited to see the results.   At the age of 18, she became more serious about photography.

      Educated at Queens College City University of New York, Marilynn obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Sociology. She started working with film, switching to digital photography in 2002.  Her photographs have been exhibited at Fieldstone Gallery at the Brotherhood Winery, Storm King Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Cromwell Manor, and The 1924 Gallery at Eisenhower Hall, West Point.

    Marilynn’s exhibit is dedicated to her husband Dan Potter, whose love, patience, and understanding has made this exhibit possible.

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