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cat-feet-cat-cafe-koneko-untappedcities-LES-NYC-002Koneko Cat Cafe. Image via amNY

First there were the pop-up cat cafes, an idea imported over from Asia, but for oh-so-limited a time here in New York City. Then came Meow Parlor combining coffee, cat-themed macarons and of course, real cats. Now, Koneko, taking its name for the word cat in Japanese, claiming to be “America’s first authentic Japanese-style cat cafe.” Like Meow Parlor, the cats can be adopted and at Koneko, the kitties come from Anjellicle Cats Rescue. Many of the cats you’ll see at Koneko are truly on the last stop, pulled from the city’s “at risk list,” those “scheduled to be euthanized the following day for behavior or health issues,” states the Koneko website. Koneko also works with two other New York City organizations, City Critters and K9 Kastle.

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For the 11th year, Ocean Spray has brought in 2000 pounds of cranberries to a 1,500 square foot pop-up bog in front of 30 Rock, to showcase some of the 800+ cranberry farmers that have provide the company with the fruit for 85 years. Seven information signs are set up around the bog, the first inviting visitors to “take a walk through our ‘big-city bog’ and discover for yourself the intriguing story behind this most remarkable red berry.”

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At Untapped Cities, we’re usually not that surprised when we hear about another unique and quirky coffee shop in New York City considering there are so many already with a creative bent. But this is quite a new one: as reported in The Washington Post, Swiss Water Coffee Studio has opened a pop-up coffee studio in NoHo that gives away for free – brace yourself – exclusively decaffeinated coffee. Given the many aggressive and outright hateful reactions to the store’s existence, we were surprised to learn that the studio’s intention is not to destroy one of nature’s greatest gift to man, but rather to spread knowledge about greener and cleaner ways to create decaffeinated coffee.

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In July, we reported that one of the city’s last old-school diners, the Market Diner on West 43rd Street and 11th Avenue would be replaced by new development. That day has come – amNewYork reports that after Sunday, the Market Diner will be no more. Open for 53 years (longer than the time we have lost the original Penn Station), it was one of just 5 vintage chrome diners left in New York City. It has seen everyone from Frank Sinatra to the city’s notorious gangsters. It will be replaced by a 13-story multi-use building by developers, the Moinian Group.

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After this summer’s Hello Kitty Time Capsule in Midtown, comes the mobile Hello Kitty Cafe. The popular Sanrio cat we will be featured in food form in Times Square on October 25th and 26th: Hello Kitty macarons and petit fours, red bow tie decorated donuts, hot drinks served in Hello Kitty mugs. The truck is a partnership between Sanrio and the cafe’s managing partners based in California, a test run of sorts before a brick and mortar shop opens in the sunshine state.

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