Breaking, Earth-shattering news: New York City has its very own cat cafe.
The downside is that the cafe is a pop up, and it only lasts from today through Sunday, April 27. Cat food company Purina One launched the cafe to benefit North Shore Animal League, a Long Island rescue organization that the largest no-kill shelter in the world. [Jessica’s Note: That’s also where my family adopted two of our dogs from!] All 16 adorable kittehs will be available for adoption, and visitors get to play with them while sipping free coffee (from what I hear, it’s provided by the always-delicious Brooklyn fixture that is Cafe Grumpy, AKA the coffee shop on “Girls”).
For these brief few days of its existence, this cat cafe will be the only one in the United States. Kitty cafes are popular in Asia, but they’re just slowly starting to catch on in this hemisphere — one called KitTea is supposed to open in San Francisco in the spring. Let’s hope New York City pop up is so much fun that a permanent cat/coffee haven sets up shop sooner rather than later.
The Purina One cat cafe will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the next few days at 168 Bowery in Manhattan. For those who can’t make it to NYC but still want to get their cat lady on, Geekosystem has a livestream of the event. A livestream! Of people petting cats! This, my friends, is the ultimate American Dream.