Call it a pet project. This Sunday, the Mark Miller Gallery will launch a show featuring paintings of cats and dogs, and four-legged gallery goers will be treated to
wine and cheese water bowls and dog treats.
Ever since he was a kid, Mark Miller has had a soft spot for animals. “People can’t afford to take care of their dogs and cats,” he told me. “We’ve had a lot of homeless animals in the Lower East Side and it’s caused me to get warm to the whole idea of doing something for dogs and cats.”
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.
Bushwick’s pet scene sure has gotten frisky: the last year has seen the openings of Bushy Tails, Bushwick Pet Superette, the new dog park in Maria Hernandez Park, and now — Bushwick Bark! Dottie Evans, who opened the pet shop last week, hopes to bring a different flavor to the neighborhood.