Neighbors Complain About Bowery Rat Feeder

Posted on: November 1st, 2011 at 9:50 am by

The Post has an item this morning on the alleged rat feeder of Stanton Street, one Frank Calzarano.  Apparently, the eleven-year neighborhood resident, dubbed “Rat Man,” reportedly doles out morsels of bread at 4 or 5 am nightly.  And while denizens nearby rightfully gripe, authorities can’t do much, as it’s not illegal activity.

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Here’s an excerpt:

Calzarano has been a fixture on The Bowery near Stanton Street for 11 years. He heads out before the sun is up to scatter morsels on the ground for the diseased rodents, neighbors gripe.

“He walks around the neighborhood at 4 or 5 a.m. with bags of bread,” Gonzalez said. “He shoves it down the drain or throws it over the fence in front of my window.”

Calzarano said that it’s not the rats he’s feeding but pigeons and that he shouldn’t be blamed if the rodents grab the spoils.

“I got a good heart. There’s nothing wrong with doing it,” Calzarano said.

He claimed he hasn’t fed the critters in months because people started putting poison in his bread.

Come to me jungle friends…

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