The rat infestation on the Upper West Side has reached a new
high low point: the furry creatures have been sighted in Fairway’s produce section! Fairway, on 74th and Broadway, is right in the midst of the rat triangle of death: it’s two blocks from the Rat House, about four blocks from Joe Bolanos’ Rat Crossing signs, and two blocks from Verdi Square, which is basically a rat vacation community.
On a recent night, My Upper West’s Mike filmed a rat running through a produce aisle in Fairway and posted the video (below) on YouTube, saying that he had seen at least two in the aisle at a time. The rats were apparently snagging peanuts from a low shelf. The market had a mouse trap out near the aisle, but it’s not clear if the owners knew the extent of the problem. After seeing the video they called it “unconscionable” and vowed to undertake a “thorough investigation” and take “immediate steps to remedy the situation.”
Check out the video:
Update: Fairway reached out to us on Monday via twitter, saying “We have a large crew working overnight to ensure we address this issue rapidly and thoroughly.” We asked for more info on how they were getting rid of the rats, and will update if we hear back.
Update 2: Two weeks later, a shopper videotapes a mouse/rat INSIDE olive bins at Fairway.
Community Board 7 has begun holding “Rat Academies” to inform people about how to eradicate the vermin. And Gale Brewer said last week that Verdi Square will soon get better rat-proof trash containers. But is it enough? And are we all just bellyaching about something that’s been around for decades? Let us know in the comments.
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