Rats are Cozying up to New Commercial Development on East Houston

Posted on: August 29th, 2019 at 5:04 am by

Old tenants die hard on Crosby Street, it seems.

Rats are already taking refuge inside the new office building at the corner of East Houston (aka 606 Broadway). Yesterday, a Boogie reader spotted the so-called “Banana Rat” stuck in a hole burrowed through the foam padding that butts up against the adjacent building.

Seems like the rats made quick work of the heavy foam, gnawing a five inch hole that has been present ever since the sidewalk shed came down and work completed on the luxury mixed-use development.

Rats formerly had free reign when the empty space was a city-owned lot behind a fence. Both long before, and well after, its role as an official MTA parking lot.

These street scavengers have been seen darting in and out of the hole for weeks now. Nearby garbage and the pits dug for water main construction along the cobblestone street have provided efficient shelter and food source for the city’s rodent residents.

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