The New York Times found out today about the growing rat army assembling in the city’s dark spaces, years after we started chronicling the proliferation of our furry neighbors. A story headlined “Rats Are Taking Over New York City” explained the scale of the issue, which is apparently unprecedented — or at least we’re complaining about it more.
In fact, the Upper West Side is the epicenter of the problem, with the most complaints out of any neighborhood. We were also number one for rat complaints last year, so we’re like the Tom Brady of rats. All we do is win. This map shows all the rat complaints, and can be searched by zip code.
The article points to gentrification — and particularly new construction — as a big reason behind the rat boom.
The article also referenced rats rummaging through Upper West Side playgrounds, an apparent reference to our article in 2017 that led to the mayor earmarking money for rat eradication in the area. It also talked about rats chewing through car wires, another phenomenon we’ve explored.
So, what’s the verdict, Upper West Side? Is the rat-control working, or are we as ratty as ever?