New York City is a strange and thrilling wilderness, full of exciting and exotic species one would never find in the rest of America. Shops that sell only tiny, bite-sized cupcakes. Corner stores where wedges of Brie sit next to the Kraft singles. Parks built on elevated railroad tracks. Stores that sell only superhero supplies. Restaurants that contain four tables and have months-long wait lists.
But the things New York doesn’t have are, in many ways, just as defining.
Below, please find profiles of four of New York’s rarest and most fascinating species. Though none of them are actually extinct—yet—they are so hard to spot that they are steeped in legend. Among native New Yorkers, many of whom have spent a lifetime trying to spot them, they are widely believed to be mythical. [Read more…]