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Feasting Rats Swarm Upper Orchard Street [VIDEO]

Posted November 27, 2017 at 5:09 am

Down at the north entrance of Orchard Street, rats roam free, stirred into a frenzy thanks in large part to the construction of Ben Shaoul’s new condo development at the corner of East Houston. The vermin are displaced and eager to feast. “Swarms of rats are coming out of the construction site,” a concerned longtime […]

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‘Zagrat’ Rated ‘Squeakeasies’ Are All the Rage for Area Vermin

Last modified November 21, 2017 at 1:28 pm

New Yorkers aren’t the only unfortunate ones facing gentrification. It’s the dawn of a new era, one in which venerable rodents no longer set fires to cars or shack up in rotting constructions sites because they have to. Nay, because they want to.  And, naturally, a gentrified pest is in need of the finer things. […]

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The Latest Battle in the City’s Rat War is a ‘Reduction Plan’ Pitched Tonight

Posted August 15, 2017 at 10:19 am

It’s that time of year again. A time when the city is at its breaking point from sweltering summer days; a time when restaurant refuse cooks in discarded garbage bags; a time when the vermin scamper out of the woodwork. While the two former plights can’t really be controlled, there are some steps that can […]

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A Family of Rats Set this Guy’s Car Ablaze on Rivington; Tony Hawk there to Film it

Last modified May 2, 2017 at 8:42 am

The New York City rat is ruthless. If you were at the corner of Essex and Rivington on Friday afternoon, you likely saw a Volkswagen sedan on fire. A plume of smoke billowing into the sky. Yet, this wasn’t any ordinary blaze. Blame the family of rats allegedly nesting in this guy’s engine block. They […]

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City Hosting ‘Rat Academy’ to School Residents About Infestation and Prevention

Posted August 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

In a never-ending battle of humans versus rodents, the city is kicking it up a notch by bringing awareness to the masses. They did this a year ago, and it must have struck a chord, because it’s back – only this time with a catchier name. Council Member Corey Johnson and the NYC Department of Health and […]

Strung-Up Mutant Rats Likely an Attempt to Call Attention to NYCHA Infestation

Posted September 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

Monday morning, we posted a rather gruesome image of three rat carcasses strung from scaffolding outside the Baruch Houses. In fact, these were some of the biggest rats we’ve ever seen. The violent display, while gagworthy, was seemingly out of nowhere, and without context. A mystery on the FDR. Until now. The rat adornment was apparently […]

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Someone Killed These Huge Mutant Rats and Strung Them from Scaffolding

Last modified September 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

We’re gonna need a bigger glue trap… Yes, this image sent from a tipster certainly lends credence to the colloquial phrase “rats the size of dogs.” Here on the Lower East Side. Take a moment from your busy routine and scope out this scariness. These enormous river rats were strung up and humiliated over the […]

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Locals Decry Chinatown Rat Population with Flyer Campaign

Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:12 am

An urban etiquette campaign is underway to shame Chinatown residents into curbing the rat infestation, namely by tossing trash in the proper receptacles. An anonymous flyer distributer has been pasting these signs around the neighborhood. Each reads as follows: Dear Chinatown, Clean up your act! Trash = Rats Innocent puppies sniff and lick dead rats. […]

Here’s Your Chance to Get Some ‘Rat Prevention Training’ on the Lower East Side

Posted January 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

Rats. They’re the scourge of the city. They’ve infested pharmacies. They’ve colonized rotting construction sites. They’ve overrun magical gardens long before developers. But hawks aren’t the only ones fighting back against Lower East Side vermin. Splinter, beware. Councilmember Margaret Chin has teamed up with the Department of Health, Parks Department, and Community Board 3 to sponsor a […]

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Watch This Hawk Feast on a Rat at 14th and Avenue B [VIDEO]

Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

  Mike Baca (aka 2ESAE) of street art crew UR New York shared this crazy Vine video with us last Friday evening. Dude caught a candid scene of a Hawk casually snacking on an enormous rat while perched on a mid-block fence. Bon appetit.

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