Fed up with rodent infestation, New York man hangs 'Rat Crossing' signsAug-31-2012
It's a common sight in New York: rats scurrying across subway tracks, onto dimly-lit streets, and into sewers. And while New Yorkers aren't happy about sharing their city with rodents, it's something that, with experience, they learn to shrug off.
One Manhattan resident, however, is fed up with it.
Joseph Bolanos, president of the West 76th Street Block Association, decided to call attention to the problem by installing eye-catching signs on Wednesday: fake traffic-crossing signs just for the rats.
The diamond-shaped plastic signs prominently feature the words "RAT XING" with a big black rat at the center. Bolanos hung the signs with double-sided tape around his Upper West Side neighborhood.
The move may be a bit flippant, but Bolanos said he thinks the signs could bring attention to the issue plaguing his streets.
"A woman in the building next door said she could hear the rats outside screaming and screeching," Bolanos told NBC News on Thursday. "I've heard neighbors thinking someone got attacked outside because they would hear shrieks, but it was just people who were passing by running with the fear of God in them from all of the rats frolicking like it's Cirque du Soleil."
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