Sunday, July 31, 2011

Because we haven't talked about rats in Tompkins Square Park in about, oh, 48 hours

This photo taken by Bobby Williams yesterday shows some of the measures workers are taking to help curb the rat population in Tompkins Square Park...


While these lids are a fine idea in the Park ... the rats don't have too far to go to find other food sources...



Of course, crossing Avenue A can be a little dicey.

Meanwhile, the repercussions from the TSP Ratstravaganza are being felt far and wide — even keeping Florida residents up at night! After reading the account of the rats in Tompkins Square Park, blogger Julie Ryan Evans wrote on The Stir: "I'm not sure I'll be able to go to any park in the near future without being on the lookout for rats, and I don't live anywhere near New York. I'm not sure I'll even be able to sleep."

For further reading:
Bob Arihood has written about the use of rat poisons in the Park.

5 comments:

esquared said...

those trash cans look like daleks. perhaps that's the only way to ex-ter-mi-naaate the rats

Marty Wombacher said...

Julie should be worried, I've heard that a large section of the senior rat population is going to retire to Florida this winter.

chris flash said...

The park is well-managed by extremely devoted and considerate park personnel. The rat problem is not their fault -- it stems from humans who feed the rats. No food = no rats. No poison necessary.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Chris Flash-the park staff is devoted to our park. The real problem is inconsiderate people that EXPECT someone to clean up after them.
Entitled attitude=Rats

Anonymous said...

I blame the yuppies