The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District has donated 19 Big Belly garbage receptacles to Theodore Roosevelt Park to help the city Parks Department get a handle on the rat problem there. The park between 77th and 81st street has been infested with rats in recent years.
We got this email a couple of years ago:
“I was walking my dog last evening through the park around The Museum of Natural History about 7:45. I entered off Columbus and 79th Street. There were rats everywhere. Jumping in and out of garbage pails, I saw three dive into one pail. They were running back and forth across the walkway and when you looked on the lawns they were all running helter skelter.”
BID Executive Director Barbara Adler said the donation “will make this park first one in the city to solve its rat problem by starving them out.”
The BID raised the $84,000 for the receptacles at its “Soiree in the Park” event as part of the food festival New Taste of the Upper West Side. The Soiree was discontinued this year, but the BID plans to continue donating to Teddy Roosevelt Park. To get tickets to New Taste events on June 3 and June 4, click here.