feral cats

Eckford Street Feral Cat Colony Needs New Home

Eckford St. Cat Colony
The Eckford Street Cat Colony. Photo by Shane Gill

Over a year and a half ago, Greenpoint resident Shane Gill began feeding a colony of feral cats on Eckford Street. The Cats had congregated at a construction site there, which lay dormant due to a stop work order. Now, construction is set to begin again, and the cats’ displacement is eminent. Gill reached out to the Greenpoint community for advice about how to help relocate his feline fellows, and Greenpoint residents responded with overwhelming support for our neighborhood cats.  Continue reading

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Local Hot Sauce Company Feels the Bern, Plus Night Bazaar Moves — The Hook-Up 3/11

Tango Chile Sauce founders Dan Frieber and Chris Tart . Photo via Community News Group / Allegra Hobbs
Tango Chile Sauce founders Dan Frieber and Chris Tart. Photo via Community News Group / Allegra Hobbs
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is hoping to move back to familiar stomping grounds after its brief respite at the beach last summer. The owner is currently looking to secure a liquor license at 144 Greenpoint Ave, otherwise known as the shiny black catering hall of former Polonaise Terrace fame.
 
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is making a strong showing at the Greenpoint Film Festival next Thursday. A series of the group’s protest films will air at the Wythe Hotel on March 17 at 8 p.m.
 
It’s not just humans that are about to get priced out of the neighborhood. The feral cat colonies near the Greenpoint Landing site are also looking at a very likely displacement in the near future.
 
A Greenpoint hot sauce company is taking Ben & Jerry’s lead with the creation of a Bernie Sanders-themed food product. As far as hot sauce royalties go, 10% of their profits will go toward the Sanders campaign.
 
Another slashing? This time a cabbie was cut in the forehead during a mugging that took place on North 5th and Wythe last Thursday. According to ABC, there’s been a 22.1% increase in slashings and stabbings in 2016 so far.
 
If you’re struggling to keep up with the wave of construction that’s washing over Greenpoint, here’s a handy, comprehensive guide.
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Assembly Passes Spay and Neuter Bill

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Oh, the life of a bodega cat – no shortage of mice to chase around or cardboard boxes to lounge in, lots of friendly neighbors to stop by and scratch you on the head and, of course, freedom to do as you please in or outdoors – including having lots of cute, furry babies!

While of course everyone loves a sweet, fluffy pile of kittens, we probably can all agree that spaying and neutering efforts are necessary, for our furry friends’ own sake. Happily, the Assembly has just passed a bill this June that will help fund an effort to curb New York City’s homeless animal population. Continue reading

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Help Greenpoint Feral Cat Colonies & Lost Cat in Winthrop Park?

Even cat colonies are local in Greenpoint - so help 'em out!

Some of the best posters I find are scotch taped to in bodegas. This one is a call for feral cat colony feeders in Greenpoint. If you want to pitch in email Victoria vbondart (at) hotmail.com or Matt cutler9 (at) gmail.com.  Continue reading

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Help Kitty Kitty

Dude w/ Cat on Pier in WilliamsburgCats [blank] like rabbits and exponentially grow in numbers.

A recent Greenpoint Gazette article cites the problems caused by rising feral cat populations and explains that the Trap-Nueter-Released (TNR) model is, “If you feed, fit it!” If you think you’re helping strays by feeding them, but not going the extra step to have them neutered, you are making the problem worse. And don’t be a [blank] and abandon your pets ever! There is no need to elaborate on how [blanked] up that is.

I received a letter from a Greenpointer who needs your help:

“I currently feed a colony of feral cats on Green St that are all neutered and friendly.  They keep the rats away and make people smile. Just for the record there is one or two of me on every block in Greenpoint: people who take care of cats that were dumped because someone couldn’t take care of them. It’s a sad reality.

Although I don’t live in the area anymore, I come back every other day to feed the Green Stcats, and have since discovered a family of kittens on West between Green and Huron, behind a blue construction wall.  I’ve posted signs for help from the West St residents but have had only 1 response.  It’s very disheartening.  This is a serious issue as cats can breed after six weeks. Five kittens have now turned into 10.
If anyone is trained in TNR (trap, neuter and return) please contact me.  I will help in any way, money or otherwise.  I can be contacted through my email:  lmolins1 (at) hotmail.com. This is something that really needs attention.”
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