[Photo by Derek Berg]
At this current pace, the city's rat complaint record set last year will fall in 2016.
Per the Post:
New Yorkers have made 8,335 rodent complaints to the city’s 311 hot line so far this year, up 18 percent from the same period in 2015, when there were 7,076 complaints, and 39 percent over the same period in 2014, records show.
As previously noted, our very own Community District 3 ranked No. 1 in 2015, according to the Health Department, as having the worst rat problem in Manhattan.
CB3 district manager Susan Stetzer discusses the issue in the Post:
She said rats in her district ... feast on garbage from eateries and scraps left in Tompkins Square and Seward parks.
“There are more mountains of garbage on the street waiting to be picked up. Our increased development does not have the infrastructure to support it,” she said.
“The worst locations are city-owned properties. The Department of Health cannot issue summonses and clean up and charge back to the property owner if necessary.”
In related news... the trash can had been missing from the container marked "Keep Council District 2 clean" for the past four days on Avenue A at St. Mark's Place...
Previously on EV Grieve:
The East Village will be testing ground for a 'rat reservoir pilot'