Locate (and avoid) the most cockroach-infested 'hoods in NYC
The New York City Roach Map shows the zip codes with the most frequent pest sightings by the Department of Health during restaurant inspections.
Wed Jul 24 2013
One of the only things guaranteed to consistently make a New Yorker lose his or her cool is the sighting of a cockroach. Rats, mice, mosquitoes—we can handle 'em. Only a roach conjures that instant rush of fear and disgust. And now, as Brokelyn points out, there's a Roach Map detailing the most pest-infested neighborhoods. The website uses Department of Health reports, noting which zip codes yielded the most nasty bugs spotted in restaurant inspections.
This blogger was relieved to learn that her neighborhood, Williamsburg, had the least sightings of all. Astoria, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo were also (mostly) mercifully spared. As for Manhattan, the Theater District and the Port Authority areas are the least buggy, whereas you're most likely to run into the six-legged creatures in the Financial District—around Wall Street and the World Trade Center. And the top three zip codes where you're most likely to encounter a cockroach are 10473 (the Bronx's Clason Point and Soundview areas), 11420 (Queens' South Ozone Park) and 10461 (the Bronx's Morris Park, Parkchester and Middletown–Pelham Bay). You've been warned.
The New York City Roach Map is updated every week with restaurant inspector findings; check it out here.
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