Volume 22, Number 27 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | November 13 - 19, 2009

The kittens born in the Goldman Sachs tower have now been adopted.

Goldman kitten story goes viral

Downtown Express has been following the kittens rescued from the Goldman Sachs construction site since August, but the story heated up Thursday morning as several blogs and other publications started covering it.

New York magazine, the Financial Times and Gawker all posted links to Downtown Express’ stories describing how the kittens born on the construction site found adoptive homes after a local couple rescued them. The blogs focused on a Downtown Express editorial (“Let us apologize for Goldman Sachs,” Oct. 23 - 29, 2009), which criticized Goldman on several fronts, including the kittens.

Since the editorial was published, all of the kittens have been adopted (some with Goldman’s help and some without it). And Patti Brotman, who rescued the kittens with her husband Rich, said Thursday that Goldman has now paid the kittens’ medical expenses. She told us today she has received media inquiries from London, Canada and from local blogs.

Earlier this fall, after Goldman made the promises but before the adoptions and money fell into place, the Brotmans told Downtown Express that Goldman was not returning their phone calls and they were worried that the commitments had fallen through.

New York magazine’s Daily Intel column, in a Thursday post on the Goldman kittens, quoted a Goldman spokesperson saying the Downtown Express reported the story inaccurately but did not give specifics. Goldman had not previously complained of inaccuracies to Downtown Express and did not immediately return a call for comment.


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