Humans of New York meets The French Cat in this carefully cultivated, gorgeous full-color collection featuring New York’s iconic felines and the stories behind them.
They inhabit New York City’s most legendary and coziest spots—the Algonquin Hotel, a whiskey distillery, Bleecker Street Records, and a host of yoga studios, bookstores, and bike shops in between. True New Yorkers—masters of people watching—they perch on wine crates, piles of books, and a classic hotel countertop, taking in the activity around them. Depending on their mood, these cats will ignore enthusiastic admirers, offer a few delightful purrs, or occasionally even take a swipe. Some even find a mouse or two to chase.
Shop Cats of New York introduces forty of New York’s favorite felines—all who have an extraordinary story to tell. Popular cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila capture these deeply loved and well cared for animals in their city habitat and reveal how they came to reign over their urban kingdoms.
A celebration of some of the city’s most revered citizens and a unique look at New York life, this enchanting illustrated volume is a must for every cat lover, and every Big Apple devotee.
“For Manhattanites (and those in the no-longer-outer boroughs), Andrew Marttila’s photographs of SHOP CATS OF NEW YORK, written by Tamar Arslanian, is proof that friendly felines are the best distraction when the world seems primed to topple off its axis.” -- The New York Times
“A stunning collection of stories and photos, but it is even more than that - it vividly illustrates the very nature of the human/cat dynamic. It is a testament to our ongoing love affair, a visual triumph and a book that all cat lovers should have in their collection.” -- Jackson Galaxy is the host and Executive Director of Animal Planet's hit show, My Cat From Hell, and a two-time New York Times best-selling author.
“’Shop Cats of New York,’ explores the lesser-known lives of the city’s most adored felines. She [Tamar Arslanian] teamed up with photographer Andrew Marttila, who shot gorgeous portraits of the book’s furry stars.” -- Huffington Post
“Whether greeting customers, reviewing inventory, or keeping on top of finances by sleeping across the credit card reader, the utterly endearing stars of Shop Cats of New York prove that felines make the best companions and coworkers.” -- Francesco Marciuliano author of I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats
“While Arslanian writes thoughtful, interesting profiles, Marttila shot some gorgeous photos, capturing the beauty and character of the book’s feline subjects.” -- Fast Company
“This book shows that shop life can work for felines . . . Dwelling in wine shops, bookstores, dry cleaners and yes, The Algonquin Hotel, think Humans of New York, only cats.” -- Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
“Every New York cat lover has a favorite local shop cat (four of the felines in this book prowl shops in my Brooklyn neighborhood); now their star power goes nationwide!” -- USA Today
“Arslanian and Marttila truly capture the unique personalities of each shop cat . . . beautiful photography.” -- Bust.com
“A beautiful book of beautiful photos of beautiful cats by beautiful people. Shop Cats has a special place in my tiny heart.” -- Lil Bub
“Tamar Arslanian has collected the stories of many of N.Y.C.’s working cats for the book Shop Cats of New York, which features stunning photos of the subjects from Andrew Marttila. -- People
New York City’s most iconic felines.
They inhabit New York City’s most legendary and coziest spots—the Algonquin Hotel, a whiskey distillery, Bleecker Street Records, a pilates studio, bookstores, bike shops, and in bodegas around the five boroughs. True New Yorkers—masters of people watching—they perch on wine crates, piles of books, and a classic hotel desktop, taking in all the activity around them. Shop Cats of New York introduces forty of New York’s favorite felines as popular cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila capture these deeply loved and well-cared-for animals in their city habitats and reveal how they have come to reign over their urban kingdoms.
Tamar Arslanian is the author of the blog IHaveCat.com, and has served as Vice President of Account Management at numerous high profile New York City advertising agencies. She currently consults pet brands on marketing and social media, writes for numerous pet outlets and shares her home with three rescue cats Kip, Petie and Haddie.
Andrew Marttila is a pet photographer based out of Philadelphia. Once extremely allergic to animals, he overcame this adversity in his early twenties and now lives with his Bengal Haroun, his favorite subject and best friend. Due to the popularity his photos garnered on social media, he pursued his passion of photography after graduating with a degree in neuroscience.
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