Animal mascots of NYC

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  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Sadie, the New York Transit Museum's cat

Sadie
Unlike actual subway stations, the New York Transit Museum is mostly rodent-free—which can be attributed to Sadie, the gray-and-white cat who lives there. Sadie assumed vermin-regulating duties as a kitten. "It drives the curators crazy that we have a cat, but I'd rather there be a few cat hairs around than other critters," says museum director Gabrielle Shubert. Though she's friendly, Sadie can be a bit shy. New York Transit Museum, Boerum Pl at Schermerhorn St, Downtown Brooklyn (718-694-1600, mta.info/museum)
Sadie's tip: Her favorite spot for an afternoon nap is the counting table in the 1956 money car on the platform level. If you see her there, scratch her under the chin.

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Nate
Nate

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.