5.7.06

what's your damage

bamonte's is down the street from my apartment and it is something of a nyc landmark in that it opened in 1900 (before the first pizzeria ever made it to the city). the zagat's entry reads, in part, "after 100 years, this Williamsburg 'throwback' is still 'keeping it real' with 'no-nonsense' 'red-sauce Italian' and 'local color' 'so classic it's nearly a cliche'". what you won't find in any review of the eatery, however, is that it is a hub for williamsburg's thriving filthy street cat scene. seriously, the neighborhood is lousy with the dirtiest stray cats you've ever seen. apparently the staff at bamonte's put out food for the kitties at the end of the night, so they tend to congregate outside of the entrance. i was coming back from watching the fireworks down by the river (and then a stop at k&m to watch people shoot bottle rockets off at oncoming cars) and noticed a pack of about seven cats in front of bamonte's. this - seriously - is not an unusual sight in my area, but what was unusual was that as i proceeded to go through the song and dance of trying to lure a cat into my arms a little one actually let me get close enough to pat its filthy mane. finding it necessary to push my luck, i scooped the dirt-encrusted black kitten up and flipped it over to hold it like a baby. after giving out a terrible cry, the cat jabbed its claw directly into my gut forcing me to release him back into the street.

i now have four cuts in my stomach, in a distinctly paw-shaped pattern. well played, bamonte's.

the cure - the love cats

david bowie - cat people (putting out fire)

the faint - paranoia attack


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