With the death rattle of the public transportation system resonating in NYC’s ears, the city has dedicated $32 million to go to war with the city’s rats. Here’s everything you need to know.
Let’s be real for a second, there is plenty to be angry about in New York City. Our public transport is in disrepair, the streets stink of slowly baked garbage, your astronomic electricity bill thanks to your crappy window air conditioner… we could go on. Ask yourself a question… in the growing list of things that are making you miserable… where do rats come? Above or below things like affordable housing, the subway crisis?
Well, now we’ve put that out there, we’ll leave you to consider it while we outline a $32 million plan to go to war with New York City’s booming rat population.
Mayor Bill de Blasio intends to reduce the number of rats in sections of the city by 70 percent. Which sections? The Grand Concourse section of the Bronx, Chinatown/Lower East Side/East Village in Manhattan, and Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.
Where’s your money going exactly? Good question. The plan includes the purchase 336 new trash bins with mail-box style openings to stop rodents getting in, all wire trash cans in the above neighborhoods will be swapped out with big belly steel cans, and daily trash pickups in high rodent areas and city parks.