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Rats all over NYC

I recently noticed many rats scurrying about in the Chambers Street subway station. Apparently, I am not alone. As reported by the NY Post, rat complaints are up 39% since 2014.

Timothy Wong, an exterminator in Chinatown, cited the rising number of homeless digging in trash.

“There is so much food out there on the street,” said Wong, of M&M Pest Control. “The rats are getting bigger and bolder. We’re seeing them in the parks an hour before sunset. Some folks are seeing them in the afternoon.”

Sounds like De Blasio’s fault to me.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Posted in New York City

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  1. Nobody owns cats?


    May 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    • Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t recall ever seeing a cat wandering around the streets of Manhattan.

      • Plenty hanging out in delis/bodegas.


        May 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      • I’ve seen them inside those places, but never out on the street. I guess cats are afraid of all the hustle and bustle of the city and they stay indoors.

      • Home Depot on Hamilton Ave has a few cats living inside. You can see them and pet them while shopping. My auto mechanic also has a castrated cat to hunt the mice and rats. I think they get enough to eat inside and don’t need to roam the streets like the homeless. Also, there are all these organizations finding homes for cats and that makes it hard for a cat to be homeless. The main reason is probably the Chinese – they eat the cats. Looks like it’s better to be a cat, or a rat or a robot, then a homeless person.

        Lion, why don’t you go homeless and blog about what it’s like?

        Dog’s life is also not what it once used to be.


        May 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      • I assume you never had a cat.

        Cats are naturally nervous animals, more so than squirrels, and dislike throngs of people.

        With so many animal loving SWPLs residing in Manhattan, an unwanted cat gets shoved into the ASPCA, waiting for a next adoption. Gone are the days of feral cats in seedy NYC.


        May 1, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      • @JS

        A Siberian cat is nothing like that, or a serval.

        A cat once died and decomposed in my storage. It was a healthy cat, so what happened to it? Maybe revenge of the rats or the rat ate poison and the cat ate the rat? Who knows. Never had a cat since then.


        May 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      • I know some cities where cats roam the streets, they seem to get used to the city hustle and there are indeed much less rats in those places. The main difference though is that those cities are relatively warm also in the winter, I am not sure cats can survive NY winters.


        May 1, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      • @Hashed

        Maybe a Persian or Egyptian cat can’t, but a Siberian cat has no problems.


        May 2, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      • I never saw a rat in Tokyo. They have a huge stray cat population that people leave to do their cat thing. People buy repellents to keep the stray cats from pissing and shitting near their abodes. But the stray cats are otherwise left to eat all the rats.


        May 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      • I’d prefer stray cats to stray rats.

      • A cat is more of a problem then a rat. If a rat comes at you, you hit on the head with a stick, or u mace it or poison it. But a cat you feel sorry for, so you are gonna give it a tail of a fish or maybe a head and milk to drink. So cats are more of a neusance. It’s like stray cats are better then stray dogs, obviously. Same for rats. The smaller the better, up to a point of course. Size matters.

        Just thought about: would a cat drink tea or coffee with milk? Need to experiment one day. A rat wouldn’t, no way and neither would a dog.

        When I was 13 I’d fed chocolate to dog and the dog died. The owner claimed that the chocolate killed the dog. True or false? I mean not weather I did it or not, but weather the dog died from eating chocolate? It was one of those small fancy faggoty dogs that are in fashion and it ate a whole bar of chocolate. The bar was like 10 cm by 6-6.5 cm.


        May 4, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    • Good summer jobs for students – employ them to hunt rats and pay them per rat. You bring a dead rat – get, say $3? How much is a rat worth? Lion, you are funny – you beleive in robots, but meanwhile rats are all over.

      Actually, bookings is full of rats. When you sleep on the floor they run over you there. It’s not such a big deal. I was dead tired and I slept on the floor.


      May 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      • It’s ok to have rats run over you while you’re sleeping, but yet it’s necessary to earn $250,000 a year to live like a normal person.

        STFU troll. The adults are trying to talk here.


        May 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      • It doesn’t matter how much you earn when you are in the bookings, man. A drug runner makes $500 a day, so $250,000 isn’t unheard of in the bookings. Where do you think you would be lying there? Wrap your head about the fact that not everyone has boring lives. Expand your mind.


        May 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    • NYC should be like Rome. Rome has cats all over the place.


      May 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      • True, I hated those cats. But Rome is magnificent. Love Rome, I’d spent a year and a half there and never had an unpleasant experience. NYC evokes no feelings, just a place to make money, but Rome… Lion, if you haven’t been to Italy, pack your bags and go for a few months. I realy don’t understand what you are doing in NYC if you aren’t working.


        May 2, 2016 at 1:40 am

  2. Bring in some of Chicago’s 2,000 hybrid dog/wolf/coyotes. Once they’re done with the rats, they can turn on the homeless.

    bob sykes

    May 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  3. The Chambers Street station is a disgrace.



    May 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  4. I was in Ikea last week buying a book case for my new books. Was pretty good and cost $85 with tax. But let me get to the point. They were selling pretty nice stuffed rats for kids. Like a 6 inch rat for $3 and a 2 inch for $1. So I was – like who plays with rats? I guess the world has changed and rats must have gotten a good rap since the last time I’d checked. I mean, to give a rat to a kid as toy? I dunno.


    May 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm

  5. I had never seen a rat in person until last summer when I was visiting a friend in Manhattan. I was impressed how large it was compared to your run-of-the-milll mouse.

    Jokah Macpherson

    May 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    • You must be living under a rock. Rats are everywhere and Manhattan rats are nothing special. Capebara – that’s a rat to write home about.


      May 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm

  6. Again, Americans infatuated with NYC, think the greatest city in the world commands a $3K rent monthly minimum, so they can brag to others about the Manhattan life.


    May 1, 2016 at 2:51 pm

  7. I remember reading about this in the 1980s. The reality is that civilization is a thin veneer over our natural barbarism, and liberals tend to incite the latter over the former.


    May 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    • Duh! Let people miss three meals and we are back to Darwin. This is why you need religion and trade skills, self defense skills, family, tribe, and nation – not the nonsense that floats around. You do everything for your tribe and your tribe does everything for you. What if you’ve lost your tribe? You are in big trouble when the lights go out.


      May 1, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  8. I live on $10,000 per year and I don’t have any rats bothering me. But I guess in Manhattan you need to make $500,000 per year to get away from the rats lol


    May 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    • Why is there a need to get away? A rat in the subway doesn’t bother anyone. They exterminate them to control their population so they shouldn’t take over the city, but to have some rats is OK. Rats are part of the ecosystem. Exterminators make a good living, so some rats are necessary. With so many jobs being outsourced I wouldn’t want to exterminate all the rats. These are good American jobs that you would be exterminating.


      May 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    • But you apparently have other things bothering you. Lolz.


      May 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    • Is there any actual way to get away from rats in Manhattan?

      They are everywhere, as far as I know, and even will make their way up drain pipes and toilets into 30th floor penthouse apartments, and things like that. Rats are very clever creatures.

      Thankfully I live in a place without rats, or at least I haven’t seen anything bigger than a tiny field mouse here.


      May 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  9. If people would stop feeding the homeless, they’d eat the rats as a source of food. It’s win-win.


    May 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  10. New York is a filthy city. This is obvious to non-New Yorkers but New Yorkers don’t see it.


    May 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    • But it’s where the money is.


      May 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

  11. Problem solved:

    And if people thinks rats are bad in NYC, they’ve never been to Filthy. I went to school down there and some of the rats I saw were huge. Not afraid of people either, curious actually. Plenty of other effed up shite down there too. Amazing I was never shot, beaten, robbed, etc. after getting hammered and walking home. Good times, good times…


    May 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  12. Lion, this was a good post. All this talk about cats eating rats made me hungry. I’m gonna eat something good now. I think a bunch of bananas is good. Umm… Imagine a banana in the bookings or in the USSR when I was growing up? Amazing! But here you get them for nothing! Yep, 3 bananas.


    May 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    • Banana are the least expensive fruit. They must grow in massive quantities on the banana trees. (Consequently they are looked down upon as poor-people food.)

      • Lion, you know that status signaling means nothing to me. A banana is an amazing thing and if poor people can eat it, good for them, I say. Poor people need to eat well and have warm clothes and homes. The highest status is a proletarian and a farmer, but other productive occupations are also respectable. A doctor, an army officer or a teacher is very respectable, but a commodities trader or a lawer is not. Labor is my second religion, so to speak.

        So you think the Queen of England doesn’t eat bananas? I think it’s possible the she’d never seen a rat, but I think she eats bananas, but not a lot, because she is a snob. Maybe she eats it when nobody is looking because of the status thing. Who knows.

        Incidentally, prole food is very good. A Russian peasant’s life and diet is good, when he can afford it. Good bread, meat, milk, potatoes, wild mushrooms and berries, apples, pears, plums, vegetables. Very good. I wouldn’t exchange it with the Queen of England. Also, peasant life is very healty. Check out this video. I remember when I was 13, I was exausted after reaping with a scythe for 30 minutes, and that after two years of training in boxing. This is a great, healthy and happy life.

        Its realy ridiculous that again the land was taken away from the peasants and the workers have no rights in Russia. If I were there, I would support the communists or national bolsheviks today. Oligarchy has to to be eliminated as a class, simply exterminated, the land given to the peasants and fair compensation to the workers – it’s 1917 all over again. I used to hate the red star and hammer and sciecle, but no more after I saw what Gorbachev and Yeltsin did to the country.


        May 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      • Bananas are mass produced in a way. Firstly all Bananas we commonly eat are infertile hybrids that people make reproduce by cuttings, this means Bananas are basically clones. Due to this Bananas scale in production and logistics incredibly well. Also because Bananas are clones this makes them incredibly vunerable to diseases, in fact the former most popular cultivar of Bananas was rendered basically extinct in the 50s due to a fungal disease. That cultivar of Banana was the Gros Michel or Big Mike and apparently tasted better and lasted longer then the Bananas we currently eat, but it wasn’t resistant to diseases so we currently eat the Cavendish. The Cavendish will mostly be rendered comercially unusable due to diseases within our lifetime unless it is genetically modified.

        With the thoughts you'd be thinkin

        May 1, 2016 at 7:48 pm

  13. One of the better thing about living in western Montana is no rats, cockroaches or termites. Though that may change. Politics aside, the climate really is getting warmer here and those creatures may find it more hospitable in the near future.

    Mrs Stitch

    May 1, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    • No black people either…


      May 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  14. I have seen cats at McSorley’s Old Ale House.


    May 1, 2016 at 11:01 pm

  15. Has NYC cleaned the subway stations since they were built? (Don’t touch those railings.)


    May 2, 2016 at 3:29 am

  16. There are also bedbugs, but just uptown.

    This town’s in tatters!


    May 2, 2016 at 3:50 am

    • Bedbugs are everywhere, but again, this isn’t the end of the world. If tigers were walking around, I would say you have a point, but we need more climate change for that.

      I think it’s because the city is all about money and immigrants. Also, NYC isn’t America – it lives in its own world and by it’s own laws. Nothing like it to pick yourself up. Here if you work, you make it. In this sense it’s a totally amazing city. The best in the world, in this sense I mean.


      May 2, 2016 at 8:05 am

      • Go ahead, bite the Big Apple, don’t mind the maggots


        May 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      • NYC is at the crossroads of becoming a city exclusively for wealthy bobos with a servant class, squaring off its legacy of an immigrant town for those penniless. It’s now up to the wealthy White demographic to decide if they can tolerate or resist the large contingent of unsavory non-Whites who might otherwise disturb their peace of mind.


        May 2, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  17. One aspect of the rat story that nobody will mention — especially progressive rags like Gothamist which writes about rats constantly — is the immigration effect. New York is being swamped by Asians of all sorts, especially Chinese. And Asians are slobs (as are the Africans and south-of-the-border types also pouring into the city). The rat stories all say stuff like “there is so much food on the streets” and things like that, but nobody ever dares even ASK why is there so much food on the streets. Like so much in the modern world, it’s all a big mystery because we’re not allowed to mention the obvious truth.


    May 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

    • Well this spin is unnecessarily anti-Asian. Asians who were raised in the U.S. are very conscientious and good citizens, but poor FOB Chinese immigrants have a low-class peasant mentality at odds with proper SWPL behavior.

      • Asians who were raised in the U.S.

        Big difference between Japanese and Chinese both in US and back home.

        This “Asian” concept is a bit fraudulent.

        Then the other Asians are even more different from the Japanese.

        I’ll bet an immigrant “Japantown” would be very different from Chinatown.


        May 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      • I’m waiting for the day when SWPLs want to claim NYC as their city, instead of Ellis Land with its unsavory immigrants, which always defined the Big Apple.

        Chinatown needs to be gentrified, where its current inhabitants are removed, as with the few remaining NAM sections of Manhattan.


        May 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      • I don’t disagree Lion. I was talking about FOBs who are swarming into NYC at ever increasing rates.

        Yes, the Americanized Chinese — being the born copiers that they are — turn into super SWPLs and SJWs because they know perfectly well where the money and the power centers are. It will be interesting to see if Trump wins and changes the Zeitgeist, how rapidly the Chinese will turn into Trump fans.


        May 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    • Koreans are clean and Japanese are extremely clean. Chinese, on the other hand, are clearly less hygienic, and off-the-boaters are filthy.

      Lewis Medlock

      May 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      • If you think they’re bad, run into a subcon.


        May 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      • But Russians are clean AND smart


        May 3, 2016 at 7:33 am

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