Animal mascots of NYC

Meet the adorable critters who call the city's shops, bars and cultural institutions home.

  • 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.