Their names are Arthur and August and they have a new home in Bushwick!
the kittens spotted scurrying around under the third rail at the B/Q stop near Church Avenue last Thursday, have parlayed their mega-stardom into a luxe cardboard cat-tower six-stories high.
As you probably recall, subway service was shut down for more than two hours last week while the M.T.A. attempted to coax the Arthur and August out of harm’s way with the promise of cat snacks.
The pair were finally fished from the tracks almost 7 hours after they were first noticed, and not before igniting a debate that distinguished Republican mayoral candidate (and former M.T.A. chairman) Joe Lhota from the rest of the field: Lhota boldly declared the kittens should be left for dead rather than delay subway riders.
Luckily, we still live in Bloomberg’s New York, a place where subway kittens can dream of one day growing up to become residents of a palatial Bushwick pad like the one where Arthur and August now live–complete with a towering cardboard box fort, a homemade scratching post, and all the Cinnamon Toast Crunch a cat could ever want.
The sweet digs were built by Steven Liu, skilled scratch-post craftsman and occasional scratch-post himself. Liu built a cat playroom in his basement of his duplex, where he now takes in shelter cats.
Arthur and August are currently sharing the place with two other kittens, Alice and Ralph. Liu catalogs the comings and goings of all the kittens and cats he fosters on his Tumblr, Scratch Pad.