My 5 Favorite New Yorkers: May


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

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We are practically twins, no?
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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 


12 thoughts on “My 5 Favorite New Yorkers: May

  1. Thank you for the tip on The Hatching Cat blog. I could while the day away reading her stories – if only I could relax and not worry one of my moms was going to come snatch the computer away at any moment!

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      • They seem to be letting down their guard a bit. Or maybe they’re just busy with other things? No matter, though. Walter pointed out that our person that’s away at college is coming home – and she has a computer!

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  2. I, too, need more time to read the stories on The Hatching Cat – work is always getting in the way of things I would rather be doing!

    And Chicago has been seeing coyotes for years – it’s when the mountain lions show up that things really get interesting (note: stay away from the mountain lions. They are far more ornery than regular cats).

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  3. Albert! Guess What??!!! I’m coming to New York City in a little over a week! I’m so excited! I have only been there once and it was the day after Thanksgiving to a madhouse about 15 years ago. I saw the Statue of Liberty and Time Square and that is about it.

    But now I am coming on a short business trip of 3 days and two nights and am staying in Manhattan/Soho Village area. Is that anywhere near you? Would love to meet you if it is 🙂 And I wonder if you could recommend a couple must do/must sees for a pretty much first timer to this amazing city you get to call home?

    Remember I am a bit of a country bumpkin human, so am going to be completely lost and overwhelmed, but so excited. If you are not available to be a personal tour guide, you think you could line me up with King Henrik? 🙂

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    • Oh, Ms. Jodi, that is very exciting! This is a good time to visit New York–we have had good weather lately!

      That area will be very convenient for us, and my People and I would be delighted to meet up with you (I am not sure the Guy will be back from his trip when you are here, but the Lady and I are here). Paws crossed King Henrik will still be in the playoffs and thus too busy to show you around. 😉 But we will have to do.

      Could you e-mail me at so that the Lady can get in touch with you privately? We can definitely recommend some things, but it kind of depends on how much free time you have and what kinds of things–sightseeing, museums, music, food, quiet/loud places–you are most interested in. Let us know!

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