What’s the only thing that could get hoarders, single ladies, animal breeders, professional witches, Japanophiles, Exotic Joe voters, and Instagram famous cats into one room? Cat Camp, which calls itself New York City’s “first feline-focused symposium” is coming the the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea on Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, for a weekend-long program ranging from serious discussions led by cat experts to a meet-n’-greet with celebrity cat Lil Bub.
On Monday she graced Meow Parlour on Hester Street with her presence, sporting her “normal” look (fuzzy red newsboy cap that looks like it belongs on Sesame Street, a plain baggy white sweatshirt and what might be pajama bottoms). The employees look pretty stoked, but what if Miley was there to add new blood to her “Dead Petz” collection? Just kidding– her real pets have their own Instagram accounts, like Shanti Om. And of course, don’t forget her pet pig Bubba Sue, who famously made her debut on the cover of Paper mag with a nude Miley.
It’s been just about a month since the city’s first permanent cat cafe opened, right on the heels of Momofuku Ko’s relaunch in a swanky new space on Extra Place. When they first hit the scene, their calendars were jam-packed with reservations, scaring off many a would-be cat cuddler and caviar connoisseur. Are they any easier to get into these days? Let’s take a look!
A week ago, the folks at Macaron Parlour emailed to let us know that they’re opening the city’s first permanent cat cafe at 46 Hester Street. Unlike last time, this time it’s for real. Customers will be able to nibble on homemade pastries and sip coffee from Blue Bottle or tea from Harney & Sons while they get anywhere from 30 minutes ($4) to five hours ($30) of QT with cats that can then be adopted from KittyKind. The cats, we’re told, will have “bespoke playpens,” and there’ll be free wifi in case you want to, you know, watch cat videos.
It’s the weekend! Maybe we’ll clock out and head over to Bowery and Kenmare to experience NYC’s first Cat Cafe! Oops, scratch that idea.
For the second day in a row, the line was capped hours before closing time.