“Rats the Size of Crocodiles”

Death, taxes and shoe-sized rodents are all guaranteed to be associated with life in New York.

A Harlem resident went viral during a recent interview when she succinctly brought the rat problem in the Big Apple to a level that all Americans could understand.

“We had rats the size of Crocs just running up and down the street,” Ruth McDaniels, a local activist and president of the Harlem Tenants’ Association, told CBS New York, of course referring to the footwear and (yet) not on the footwear predatory reptile.

“An average height 8 running up and down the street,” added McDaniels, who previously ran for the city council’s 9th district and according to her InstagramHe competes again.

The funny but true comment came Saturday during the city’s first “anti-rat day of action” — McDaniels revealed it didn’t show up are rat lovers – as the city looks to put behind one of its worst years fighting the garbage-eating looters.

One Harlem activist described the city's rat problem as any vermin "as big as crocodiles."
One Harlem activist described some of the city’s rampaging rats as “as big as Crocs.”
CBS News

From January through April 2022, New Yorkers called 311 to report 7,400 rat sightings — up from an estimated 6,510 for the same period in 2021.

However, there may be a proverbial light at the end of the subway tunnel, as rat calls to 311 fell 26% in June this year compared to the same month last year.

There was also a 15% drop in the 12-month period between May 2022 and May 2023.

City officials were quick to praise the new trash guidelines, which bar both businesses and homeowners from throwing out trash before 8 p.m

Rat sightings have even declined in New York this summer.
Rat sightings have even declined in New York this summer.
Christopher Sadowski

NYC also cast Kathleen Corradi in the coveted role of “Rat Tsarina” last April to further ease the frenzy Launch of the interactive “rat information portal” or “rat card” for short.

“Rats need food, water and shelter to survive,” Corradi explained in an impassioned speech during last weekend’s event – a speech that showed residents how to further combat the problem of sole size that is attacking the soul of the city .

“Today we will cut off their food source, reduce their habitat and take away the places where they can live,” she explained.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing carolinebleakley@ustimetoday.com.

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