“There are no cats quite like New York City bodega cats—if only they could talk. Well, now they can.”

This charming series by Amy Pearl and Jennifer Hsu chronicles the lives of New York City Bodega Cats In Their Own Words, as narrated by their bodega store owners. Kept as companions, and to keep mice, rats, and bugs out of the store, bodega cats are charismatic staples in every borough.

Through meeting the cats, we get a glimpse of the wide variety of cultures, voices, foods, and sounds around New York City’s diverse neighborhoods, as well as how integral these small and independent bodegas are to their communities. Above, meet Oliver of the Upper West Side. Below, meet Victoria and Sheeba of Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Carmel of Ridgewood, Queens:

There are more Bodega Cats on WNYC’s YouTube Channel. You can also see photos of bodega cats at bodegacat.tumblr.com.

Related videos: more New York City, more of city life around the world, and more cats of all kinds.

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