It’s time once again for my favorite New Yorkers of the month!
These choices are based on this dog’s opinion of each candidate’s dog friendliness, animal advocacy, good-eggishness, and general New Yorkitude. Honorees may be humans, animals, or institutions.
In no particular order and without further ado…
Albert the Dog’s 5 Favorite New Yorkers for May 2015
1. Henrik Lundqvist:
Mr. “King” Henrik is a Swedish male human professional ice hockey goaltender. I find it mind-boggling that any human would choose to make a profession out of having a vulcanized rubber disk fired at him repeatedly by adrenaline-high men wearing knives strapped to their feet while jostling each other on a sheet of ice. But who am I to judge?
There is no doubt King Henrik is very good at his job. He set goaltending win records in his first seven seasons in the NHL and led the Swedish national team to an Olympic gold medal in 2006, surely a defining moment for a country whose chief exports include refined petroleum, flat-pack furniture, grisly crime fiction, and herring. Last year, King Henrik’s National Hockey League team, the New York Rangers, made it to the Stanley Cup finals. At the time of this writing, they trail the Washington Capitals in their playoff series, but as a proud New Yorker, I am confident the Rangers will triumph in the end.
In addition to being almost as handsome and fashionable as I am, King Henrik has an elegant Doberman named Nova.
2. Peggy Gavan: We only recently learned of Ms. Peggy’s blog, The Hatching Cat, thanks to this Newsweek article. But now we are in danger of falling down a rabbit hole into a world of arcane animal history. Ms. Peggy, a human female writer and former children’s book publishing employee, relates odd and interesting stories about animals in New York history.
The blog takes its name from one such story about an Angora cat from Paris who enjoyed sitting on eggs and was brought to a Palisades amusement park to demonstrating her hatching abilities. One can also read a dog-ography of Mike, the mascot dog of Engine Company 8, who rode the Third Avenue trolley cars. (Perhaps Mike was a distant relative of mine? After all, I am supposedly part Dalmatian.) Fans of trivia and New York history will enjoy a saunter through Ms. Peggy’s files.
3. Mel Fields: Ms. Mel is a human female professional ICU nurse working on a Ph.D. at Columbia University. As if that weren’t enough, she also started a dog rescue organization that pulls dogs from high-kill shelters in the South and works to find homes for them in New York. You can read the full story at DNAinfo.
4. Coyotes: This is not the first mention of coyotes in this monthly honor roll. Longtime readers may recall Riva, the coyote who sojourned in Riverside Park last winter. Now we seem to be in the middle of a veritable coyote invasion here in the city. Coyotes are popping up everywhere—from the rooftop of a bar in Long Island City, Queens, to Riverside Park (again) to as far south as Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. The Gotham Coyote Project, which bills itself as an organization “Tracking New York City’s Newest Immigrants” asks New Yorkers to submit sightings. I, for one, will be keeping a respectful distance.
5. Patricia Clarkson:
There you have it! If you have nominations for June, please let me know in the comments or by e-mail.
Clarkson photo credit: D. Shankbone, Wikipedia Commons