The Upper West Side’s rat infestation took on epic proportions last year when multiple rodents were seen scurrying around Fairway on 74th street, including a cute little mouse videotaped frolicking in the olive bins. But City Council member Gale Brewer told the local community board on Tuesday night that “Fairway has gotten rid of its rats” and said that the supermarket is leading a charge to rid the area of the pests entirely. Fairway is hosting a breakfast on April 30 for local merchants to brainstorm on how to get rid of the rats.
The Upper West Side has had the most rat complaints of any neighborhood in the city in recent years.
Brewer secured $50,000 from the city to spend on rat mitigation — in particular, she wants to install 6 to 12 specialized “Big Belly” trash cans in the Verdi Square area from 72nd to 73rd streets on Broadway. The neighborhood’s first solar-powered self-compacting Big Belly can was just placed next to Shake Shack, and reportedly cost $3,000. She working with the city parks department on those plans. The Broadway Mall Association is also considering getting rid of the ivy in the area and replacing it with other plants. Rats have been known to build nests in ivy, which is frankly disgusting. In fact, I’m sorry you have to know that now.
Of course, with construction picking up at a rapid rate in the neighborhood, it’s hard to imagine that the rat population will decline much.
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