New trash cans just arrived in Riverside Park, and they could throw a wrench in the dinner plans of neighborhood rats. The mayor’s office and Councilmember Helen Rosenthal funded special receptacles known as Big Belly trash cans, with mailbox-like openings, in every playground in Riverside Park as part of a plan to keep rats out of the area, Rosenthal’s spokesperson said.
“It’s wonderful to see tangible solutions to problems in the neighborhood,” wrote Ellen Goodman, whose toddler plays at Hippo Playground on 91st Street in Riverside Park.
The vermin had infested the playgrounds last year, with parents sending us videos of them scurrying through children’s play areas. After our article, and subsequent press coverage, the mayor announced that he would be allocating $750,000 to the Upper West Side for rat eradication.
Less trash should mean fewer rats, although it will depend on everyone disposing of their garbage.