Although Central Harlem is lined with an array of stores, you’ll have to peek around the southeast corner on 117th St. and Lenox Avenue to find this Petland store. If you walk about a ½ block down the street, you’ll enter into the store and a friendly face will greet you. As I searched for a few items for my cats, I decided to take a closer look at all the animals.
Yes, you’ll find your standard rodents, birds, and fish but there were a few interesting residents in the fish tanks. I noticed some Albino Underwater Frogs racing back and forth and Glass Catfish displaying their transparent bodies. Towards the back of the store are the chirping/squawking birds and right next to them are those nocturnal creatures attempting to catch up on their sleep. Rolled up in furry balls are the hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, gerbils, and a rabbit.
The best part is seeing the children fascinated by, albeit a little wary, the less receptive animals. There’s quite a selection of supplies, food, and basic necessities packed in this relatively small area. The prices were competitive with some of the larger pet stores and the staff is more than willing to assist you. As you exit the store, there’s a bulletin board listing a variety of pet services. If you happened to leave with more items than anticipated, the No. 2 and 3 subway station and several bus lines are nearby.
56 West 117th St.