Marty: Nabe Rats are Rampant

Sure, Heights home prices may be skyrocketing, but so is our rat population according to Beep Marty Markowitz. Rat tales have heated up in Brooklyn Heights lately — the Brooklyn Paper has covered a dude called the "Rat Hunter" and BHB's own building has seen at least one of the critters stopping by its basement to say howdy do.  


NY Daily News: Borough Hall Pols Smell a Rat: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said Thursday the bushes around the stately Brooklyn landmark have become infested with large, aggressive rats that just won't leave.

"We have a significant rat problem here. We've all seen them," said Markowitz, adding that the problem is worst near the front door, in the landscaping along Joralemon St..

"They're bold, they come out during the day, too, and they're big," added Markowitz. "It's no fun."

So, what's your experience with the rat population of America's First Suburb? 

BHB commenter HDEB suggests recruiting feral cats. Guess what? It's worked for the LAPD

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  • HDEB

    The average rat in NYC has exponetially more poison in their body than is “lethal”. They can eat rat poison. There will always be food on the streets for them no matter how clean the city is. Perhaps the answer is more feral cats.

  • Billy Reno

    “Rat Hunter”? Hmmm…I smell a reality show!

  • nabeguy

    HDEB is right about the availability of food on the streets (keep your lids shut, folks!) but judging from the two dead rats I found after I had poison put down in suspect areas under my porch, I don’t think they’re exactly immortal, either.
    Maybe the Rat Hunter show could back to back with the Vampire Rats show.

  • yo

    let’s bring in snakes!!!

  • Jay

    After literally tripping over a rat last Thursday at 9:00 p.m, outside a certain bodega on Remsen st., They are getting waaay too bold! Time to let the dogs off the leash, and let them clean things up a bit, ala Starsky and Hutch