Posted inBrooklyn

Rats Overrun Plaza at Brooklyn Subway Stop That Mayor Promised to Help

Every morning, Aida Torres shoos away rodents, then repeatedly cleans in front and behind her Mexican restaurant, Don Burrito, in Brooklyn’s Newkirk Plaza.  In the afternoon, she pours chlorine on the ground to deter the critters from scampering around her niche in the small shopping plaza atop the B and Q-line subway stop in Flatbush. […]

Posted inRats

Return of the Rats: Budget Cuts Means a Free Lunch for Rodents

As New York slowly reopens, many residents have noticed a disturbing return to normal: The rats are coming back, too. And budget cuts to programs targeting rats are raising concerns streets will only get worse, especially in some long-infested neighborhoods. “The trash is ridiculous and the rats are even more ridiculous,” said Tiffany Joy Murchison, […]

Posted inPublic Housing

NYCHA Lead ‘Emergency’ as Clean-up Falters and Child Poisonings Rise

Additional reporting by Gabriel Sandoval The number of children in city public housing poisoned by lead is rising, NYCHA’s new federal monitor declared in a report detailing scandalous housing conditions — including rats scaling garbage piles to invade 14th-floor apartments. In his first report, monitor Bart Schwartz found the city housing authority has fallen far […]