Photo by myself, somewhere in Midtown.
Often you will see cats that live or 'work' in delis walking around on the sidewalk, getting some air. Less common are New Yorkers who take their cats for walks. I think the owners want their cats to get some exercise, since there are not a lot of yards for cats to roam around.
Unfortunately, the cat above was not enjoying himself. He looked like he just wanted to run off and be with his cat buddies, poor thing.
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