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Meet the Kitties of Meow Parlour, NYC’s First Permanent Cat Cafe

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon.

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon. "Dislikes: thundersnow, hyperbole." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Spot, Squinkles's sister.

Spot, Squinkles's sister. "Dislikes: chillwave." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Seven-month-old Squinkles.

Seven-month-old Squinkles. "Dislikes: wet umbrellas." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Just minutes from now, at precisely noon today, New York City’s first permanent cat café will open its doors, and your Instagram feed will look something like the slideshow above. We got a sneak peek at Meow Parlour this morning and can confirm that this isn’t a sick social media experiment: this cat café is 100% real.
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Sorry Williamsburg, You Can Not Has Cat Cafe; But We've Got a Newsroom For You!

A man paws-es to look into the Newsroom.

A man paws-es to look in.

Folks, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. That Tokyo-style cat cafe that might be coming to Williamsburg? Please don’t curl up into a ball when you hear this, but Purrfect Strangers was all just a crazy little experiment. Allow us to explain.

Bedford + Bowery, a collaboration with New York magazine, is opening an interactive newsroom at 155 Grand Street in Williamsburg, where we’ll have readings, discussions, performances, and who knows, maybe cats (Lil Bub does have a book out).

So why did we put up a poster saying we were opening a cafe with 100% hypoallergenic cats, gourmet coffee, and “nibbles from Brooklyn artisans”? Well, we wanted to find out just how quickly something completely ridiculoso could go viral while also testing the diligence of our local news gatherers. (Actually, our Newsroom will still have gourmet coffee.) Here’s how it went down.
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