Earlier this month we published an article on the feral cat situation in Coney Island, especially around the boardwalk. Josie Marrero, a local who founded a cat rescue program called Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella, spends much of her time taking care of the cats in the area. But as winter sets in and Sandy- and development-related construction in the area continues, her job has gone from maintaining a population to saving them. We previously wrote:
But now, they face an additional problem. Several abandoned Coney Island parking lots – a favored home of many feral felines – are in the process of being bulldozed, and with the winter chill in full-swing, many of the stray cats that have made these lots their sanctuary will again have to relocate. Already, the bulldozing has started at Surf Avenue and West 33rd Street.
All of which, Marrero explains in the video above, has turned the area into a “killing field” for the hundreds of cats. We put together the video above to chronicle Marrero’s efforts.
Josie Marrero sometimes loves cats more than she loves people.
Every month, she spends $400 on veterinarian bills, $300 on cat food, $130 on kitty litter, and the rest of her saved income on personal groceries.
“I pay basic rent and utilities. Everything else goes to the cats,” Josie says.
As the founder of Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella, she has made it her life mission to help the stray and feral cats in Southern Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella is a nonprofit, no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization.
With her team of six dedicated volunteers, Josie has been helping stray and feral cats across Shore Parkway and Coney Island since the group’s inception in 2011.
“It keeps snowballing. It gets worse every year,” she says. “The lack of compassion towards the plight of the cats on the Coney Island boardwalk is currently a crisis.”
Keep reading to find out about the Coney Island cat crisis.
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Ruby’s Bar and Grill in Coney Island is currently undergoing a full renovation which, thanks to owner Michael Sarrel, will include the use of reclaimed wood from Coney’s world-famous Riegelmann Boardwalk. Continue Reading »
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A National Geographic listing of the country’s top ten boardwalks has designated Coney Island’s own Riegelmann Boardwalk as our nation’s number two.
The list crowned Atlantic City, whose own 1870 wooden walkway predates Coney’s by over 50 years, as the reigning Baron of Boardwalks.
Other beaches on the list include Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Ocean City, Maryland; and Venice Beach, California – which came in at numbers 3, 4, and 5 respectively.
There was no word on whether an asterisk* would be added once the Coney Island Plastic/Concretewalk is complete.
Bye bye boards. (Source: Khomille via Flickr)
Yesterday the Public Design Commission approved a plan to replace a large section of Coney Island’s iconic wooden boardwalk with a combination of plastic and concrete. Continue Reading »