Planes Trains & Automobiles
A month ago, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign’s first “State of the Station Platforms” was published, outlining the prevalence of twelve conditions down under the streets. The issues ranged from broken light fixtures to rats to garbage accessibility. It was an honest assessment: Subway platforms were not in the best condition, but they weren’t in the worst, either.
But an MTA official thinks quite differently about the cleanliness and conditions.
As if child slave labor in China wasn’t bad enough, Footlocker’s reputation took another hit recently when a Twitter used named @Thegoodfella_ tweeted a photo of a five foot rat went viral on the web. Don’t worry though: an animal curator quoted by The Huffington Post, the creature, allegedly found in a Bronx store earlier this year (the photo was uploaded on Facebook earlier this year before it made the Twitter rounds) promised that “no way it’s a common sewer rat.”
An Arena Grows in Brooklyn
Late last month, a “rat tsunami” descended on Brooklyn, kicking up rodents on the streets surrounding the Atlantic Yards project. Neighbors in Prospect Heights and Fort Greene complained that construction of the Barclays Centre was sending rats into the neighborhood. Though a Forest City Ratner spokesman at the time suggested to The Observer that the problem was not conclusively worse than anywhere else in the city, the developer has now seen fit to pony up for some industrial strength garbage cans for neighbors as well as a tougher pest plan.
As if the traffic and sports bars weren’t bad enough, the construction of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project has triggered an all-too-apt infestation of Rattus norvegicus in neighboring Prospect Heights and Fort Greene.
In a survey of 135,000 randomly selected New Yorkers, fifty-three percent said rat control in their neighborhood is "fair" or "poor," 66 percent said the same thing about noise control, and 52 percent said subway service in their neighborhood was "excellent" or "good."
Michael Bloomberg and Betsy Gotbaum are announcing the results of the Read More
You may have noticed there have been a lot of stories about rats in the Times Metro report recently.
There was a story on Nov. 10 about all the rats in City Hall Park; there’s a story on Dec. 21 about cats that protect us from rats in delis; there’s a Read More
It's curtains for Manhattan's most infamously rat-infested landmark.
KFC-Taco Bell in Greenwich Village—the fast-food venue that so fascinated the nation after widespread video footage showed that the place also doubled as an illegal after-hours spot for crowds of rodents, igniting a Health Department crackdown on restaurants citywide—is closed for good, according to today's Read More
With TV crews recently fueling the whole rat frenzy by filming rodent activity through storefront windows, at least one Manhattan fast-food operator has apparently adopted a strategy that might dissuade potentially restaurant-shuttering sidewalk photography.
A sign posted on the door at Popeye's at 47 West 14th Street warns:
"It is Read More