Once a year New York City thought-leaders gather at the Algonquin Hotel to posit one of the world's oldest questions: what if cats wore people clothes? Wouldn't that be cute? It would probably be cute. Cats, in general, rarely wear any clothing at all!

And cute it was, though the event, which is actually a birthday party for the Algonquin's resident cat Mathilda, has seemingly decreased in stature and attendance over the past several years. Gothamist has the full story. Indeed the previous events were quite more grand.

Photos by Katie Sokoler.