Atlantic Yards Neighbors Say Rats Are Invading The Area

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Neighbors of developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards construction site said cat-sized rodents are invading the streets.

One woman said the city has laid out poison but it hasn’t eliminated the problem plaguing the area around Dean Street and Sixth Avenue.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: Ratner’s Rats

“The rats are so city slick, they don’t even go by the poison,” she told 1010 WINS’ John Montone. “They don’t eat it.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Barclays Center Construction

Others in the neighborhood said the rats are just average-sized and some claim they haven’t seen any running around.

A construction worker at the project said he’s not sure why people are surprised  by the infestation.

“The same thing happens around your house in the suburbs when you start digging, that’s when termites come up, everything starts moving around,” he said.

According to a report, the Department of Health said it saw an increase in 311 complaints and as a result increased exterminations in affected areas.

A spokesman for the developer said the company has a rodent control plan in effect and it will be assessed.

The Barclays Center, the largest complex of the project and future home of the Nets, is expected to open Sept. 28, 2012.

Have you noticed an increase of rats in the area? Let us know below…

  • kendra

    this rat problem is getting out of control cause if 1 of the things bit u there aint no coming back what so ever cause they carry lots of diaeses and such and the city will have to pay out since they don,t seem like they don,t want to try and control there rat infestation problem.

  • The Cryptojournalist

    They’re swimming across the East River. Real estate prices on Wall Street are through the roof

  • Here's the answer

    Cat-sized rodents you say? Deploy some dog-sized cats in the area.

  • Big Nard

    Welcome to New York.

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