Animal mascots of NYC

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  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Make Workshop's founder Diana Rupp and Rita

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Make Workshop's founder Diana Rupp and Rita

Photograph: Alex Strada

Rita, Make Workshop's resident Chihuahua

Rita
Visitors to Diana Rupp's Make, a craft studio founded in 2002, are greeted by Rupp's 14-year-old Chihuahua. Rita's appearances in Rupp's own crafty books solidified her position as mascot: In 2007's Sew Everything Workshop, the petite pup posed in a doggie-sized jacket, and in Embroider Everything Workshop (out in November), Rita is the subject of a hand-stitched portrait. "She's very good about having her measurements taken," says Rupp. Make, 195 Chrystie St between Rivington and Stanton Sts, studio 402 (info@makeworkshop.com, makeworkshop.com)
Rita's tip: Rupp will teach pet-clothing classes in August: Learn to knit a doggie sweater (Aug 4) or embroider your pet's portrait (Aug 12).

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Bring back Izzy!!!

Murray Fisher
Murray Fisher

After you've seen Molly the cat, head over to The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, a small public high school located on Governors Island with a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum that uses New York City's waterways to instill stewardship skills. Student-led tours are on the hour every hour Friday and Saturday.