I do not personally appreciate cats or cat-based agendas, but I do support a person's right to perch on a cafe chair sipping a pun-based coffee drink, surrounded by adoptable pets. And yes, the four-day Purina ONE Cat Cafe™ will be populated by pre-screened orphan cats from the North Shore Animal League. The 16 cats have been "evaluated behaviorally, medically and socially" and are ready to go home with whomever is so moved.
Talking to homeless people in NYC.
Collector's Weekly has a fascinating interview
with Robin Nagle, an anthropologist who has spent much of her life studying trash (literal trash) and embedding herself with the New York City Department of Sanitation for a decade. She explains how New York was just the filthiest city with garbage and dead animals filling the streets for months at a time until a Civil War officer named George Waring took charge of sanitation in the 1890s.