Wednesday, July 27, 2011

[Updated] WABC discovers the rats in Tompkins Square Park


Welcome to the the TSP Ratstravaganza! NBC has been here already. Where the hell are those slackers from CBS and Fox? (NY1 checked in earlier too.)

Photo taken this afternoon via @biggayicecream.

And later... Bobby Williams caught Michele Charlesworth in action...


And the report...



Previously.

15 comments:

James Taylor said...

I don't understand this story. Haven't there always been rats everywhere (including the park)?

EV Grieve said...

Yes.

I actually think there are fewer rats now, but...

blue glass said...

the internet
blogs
pictures of children
pictures of rats
news folks not wanting to report real news
and parents organizing (they are, after all, prospective viewers) are the news

on sunday i thought there were more rat holes near the farmers' market then there were last year

esquared said...

i'd like to see chris hansen do a sting operation on, and confront, these rats

Stedman said...

I think there are indeed more rats than in the past. You'd always see them at night, but now they're running around during the day quite brazenly. I had one scurry right over my shoe the other day.

I say KILL EM, KILL EM ALL! Muhahahaha!! (I'm not joking.)

Anonymous said...

I saw a dead one on the sidewalk this morning...bleeding out the mouth (poison?).

Would the red-tailed hawk even think about eating an already dead/sluggish rat? I agree, kill em all...muhhaaahaaax10!

Ricky said...

I would like to know if it is true that they aren't putting out rat poison because of the one protected hawk. I like hawks as much as the next person, but does the one hawk's needs outweigh the needs of thousands of people who live in the neighborhood? Wouldn't it be easier and better if they just captured and relocated the hawk, so they could put out rat poison and deal with the problem?

Jeremiah Moss said...

go back into Bob Arihood's archives. you will see photos of tons and tons of rats in that park, since always. this is not news. it's news because that playground cost a million dollars and "concerned parents" are concerned. but the rats? they're old.

Anonymous said...

It's one hawk out of 28 in the city. If you poison the rats in the parks you have 0 hawks. It's a fucking rat, you live in New York, get over it.

Anonymous said...

Keep the rats, lose the kids.

Anonymous said...

boy how the times change. remember when the news truck was burnt years ago after they were told to get off the block as it was bad for the busisness Seems like these Rat's are not up to what it takes to live here maybe, the rats should go get a latte or something

Anonymous said...

It irritates me that the news people are making such a huge deal of the hawk. Poison is poison and a risk to everyone. The problem is filthy pigs who call themselves people, who treat the park like a garbage can. I don't know if it's late-night revelers or the folks who use the soup kitchen, but the leftover food containers and the mental pigeon ladies are in large part the reason why rats are doing so well.

Bride of 7th said...

If you think of the rats as "night squirrels" they don't seem so bad.

EV Grieve said...

@Bride

Ha!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a parent, and I still want the rats gone. I don't even like walking on that side of the street at night. It's disgusting. And that bird lady is really no help.