The Upper West Side is the best neighborhood in the city. And it’s not just the people who think so. The rats are also quite comfortable here.
A Renthop study of 311 complaints about rats found that the Upper West Side, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem had the most such complaints in 2017.
The map below charts the concentration of rodent complaints by neighborhood.
Last year, after a West Side Rag article and subsequent media firestorm over rats in playgrounds, the mayor earmarked $750,000 to combat the rat problem. Playgrounds got new trash cans, parks officers created baiting stations to catch rats, and they also started using dry ice to kill the rats. So commenters, is it working?