Rat Infested Willowtown Building Featured on NY 1

Willowtown’s 30 Columbia Place has a rat problem. NY1 reports:

While NY1 was filming we ran into an exterminator hired by the building who didn’t want to appear on camera but told us he’s never seen anything like the rat problem at this building.

The city Health Department says it’s issued numerous violations to the building owner.

Pinnacle Group, which manages the building, says it’s trying hard to address the infestation, which a spokesman says may have happened because of construction at the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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  • gatornyc

    What construction at BBP? The work on the remainder of Pier 6? Please. Owner and management need to address their issues in what has been a notoriously poorly maintained building.

  • marshasrimler

    we have a rat contributing charter school on jay st. The brooklyn lab charter school claims that they do not funds to buy garbage cans and continues to create a problem despite councilman Levin asking them to get a container for their garbage

  • johnny cakes

    Ken Fisher represents the owner of these buildings.

  • David on Middagh

    At 0:22 and 0:30, what is dangling from the rat’s chest?

  • M on Willow

    Our building on Pierrepont has had ongoing issues. It’s been an iterative process (maintenance contract with ext) just to control the problem. You can see the black boxes in most gardens around the Promenade.

  • ColPlMaven

    The rat problem at 30 Columbia Pl stems from the Iris Cafe at 20 Columbia Pl. The Iris stores its garbage in dumpsters in the shared courtyard behind the buildings. The Iris has been a problem since the day it opened. They originally stored their garbage in containers on the sidewalk in front of their cafe on Columbia Pl. Tenant complaints – and the Health Department – forced them to store the garbage in their basement (like every other such business in NYC) until it could be picked up nightly by their carting company. After several months – they installed dumpsters at the rear of their business in the shared courtyard with access for their carting company from Joralemon Street. Since then – the rat problem in the area has become intolerable.

    The Iris has not been a good neighbor to the tenants of the Riverside Apartments. They continually try to get away with whatever they can – until called upon to stop. Their since-banned “sidewalk cafe service” is just one example of their disregard for the rules.

    And don’t even get me started on their September “block parties”…