Rats are Cozying up to New Commercial Development on East Houston

Posted on: August 29th, 2019 at 5:04 am by

Old tenants die hard on Crosby Street, it seems.

Rats are already taking refuge inside the new office building at the corner of East Houston (aka 606 Broadway). Yesterday, a Boogie reader spotted the so-called “Banana Rat” stuck in a hole burrowed through the foam padding that butts up against the adjacent building.

Seems like the rats made quick work of the heavy foam, gnawing a five inch hole that has been present ever since the sidewalk shed came down and work completed on the luxury mixed-use development.

Rats formerly had free reign when the empty space was a city-owned lot behind a fence. Both long before, and well after, its role as an official MTA parking lot.

These street scavengers have been seen darting in and out of the hole for weeks now. Nearby garbage and the pits dug for water main construction along the cobblestone street have provided efficient shelter and food source for the city’s rodent residents.

Recent Stories

Street Art Duo ASVP Completes 8-Story Mural at Essex Crossing

ASVP just put the final touches on arguably its most ambitious mural. The eight-story treatment on the backside of 145 Clinton Street. The duo spent nearly six months painting the expansive artwork, which is dubbed “Figure No. 6.” This past Sunday saw some of the final brush strokes, so to speak. Despite the COVID-19 quarantine. […]

Legendary Little Italy Butcher Moe Albanese Battling COVID-19

Moe Albanese, longtime Little Italy butcher and fixture of Elizabeth Street, is fighting for his life. The nonagenarian is struggling due to complications from COVID-19 infection, according to his granddaughter. “As I write this now, my grandfather is at the hospital due to complications from covid-19,” his granddaughter Jennifer Prezioso wrote on Instagram. “Moe is […]

Parks Department Locks Coleman Skatepark Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Kids will be kids, rebelling against the authority. In this case, skateboarders who defied “social distancing” mandates to grind it out at Coleman Skatepark. The popular skater haunt – situated on Monroe Street beneath the Manhattan Bridge – remained so despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Even after the city closed the adjacent field and playground last […]

Another Show of Love for City First Responders Now Hangs Above the FDR

The Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR is a popular place to make a statement. Many a banner has hung from this chain-link fencing. And now, it’s adoration for the city’s first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday morning, a handwritten sheet appeared on the bridge with the message – “NYC loves RNs + […]

Local Small Businesses Fundraising Meals for First Responders in COVID-19 Crisis

Lower East Side businesses are pooling resources to send meals to first responders during the COVID-19 crisis. For the next month, several small businesses tapped by the Lower East Side Partnership are sending meals to first responders (NYPD, FDNY, EMS) And the business improvement district is raising money to fund it. So far, Williamsburg Pizza, […]