Rats Taking Over The Big Apple

No!….. Not Demo-rats…… Rodent rats!

Welcome to Mr DeBlasio’s Neighborhood!

source: New York Times

So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around. Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires.

A Manhattan avenue lined with trendy restaurants has become a destination for foodies — and rats who help themselves to their leftovers. Tenants at a public housing complex in the South Bronx worry about tripping over rats that routinely run over their feet.

New York has always been forced to coexist with the four-legged vermin, but the infestation has expanded exponentially in recent years, spreading to just about every corner of the city.

“I’m a former Marine so I’m not going to be squeamish, but this is bad.”

Pablo Herrera
Prospect Heights

Rat sightings reported to the city’s 311 hotline have soared nearly 38 percent, to 17,353 last year from 12,617 in 2014, according to an analysis of city data by OpenTheBooks.com, a nonprofit watchdog group, and The New York Times. In the same period, the number of times that city health inspections found active signs of rats nearly doubled.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, like mayors before him, has declared war on rats, but so far the city is still losing.

“There is no doubt that rats have a major impact on New Yorkers’ quality of life and this administration takes seriously our responsibility to control and mitigate their population……….No New Yorker likes having rats in their community and we are committed to continuing the work of controlling rats in all of our neighborhoods.”

Laura Anglin
NYC Deputy Mayor of Operations

New York Times link……..Press CTRL+click on rat picture!

Can’t forget the obligatory “trash” DeBlasio story!

Mr DeBalsio’s Neighborhood and Presidential bid.

Calamity Jane