Animal mascots of NYC

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

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  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Tiny, the Community Bookstore's cat

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Tiny, the Community Bookstore's cat

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Tiny, the Community Bookstore's cat

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Tiny, the Community Bookstore's cat

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Tiny, the Community Bookstore's cat

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Tiny, the Community Bookstore's cat

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Karthus, the Community Bookstore's bearded dragon

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Karthus, the Community Bookstore's bearded dragon

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    One of Community Bookstore's snapping turtles

Photograph: Alex Strada

Tiny, the Community Bookstore's cat

Karthus and Tiny
Animals have always been welcome at Park Slope's Community Bookstore: The shop was once inhabited by an iguana named Gomez, two dogs, two cats, a hamster and a bunny. But when coproprietor Ezra Goldstein took over last year, he whittled the menagerie down to a more manageable group; now, a bearded dragon, a cat and two turtles (who live in the pond in the shop's backyard) call the store home. "They're part of the store's personality," says Goldstein. Karthus the dragon lounges in a glass-enclosed terrarium, while Tiny often sleeps on the counter or in the front window. Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Ave between Carroll St and Garfield Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-783-3075, communitybookstore.net)
Tiny's tip: "I'm a big fan of independent bookstores. But I think we carry too much Hemingway."

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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.