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Rat complaints have soared in this Manhattan neighborhood

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

In New York City’s never-ending rat race, it looks like one neighborhood has really pulled ahead of the pack.

According to NBC New York, complaints about rodents in Chinatown have increased by 140 percent over the last five years—from 228 in 2010 to 549 in 2015.

I’ve never seen such a rat-infested neighborhood,” one resident told NBC after a pack of rats managed to chew through the engine of his car.

Last year, in an attempt to reduce the rat population in NYC, the city sealed up burrows and sidewalk holes in six neighborhoods: East Harlem, the East Village, Manhattan Valley, Grand Concourse, Mount Hope and Belmont.

Chinatown is next on the list.

The independent report from NBC follows a previous study from the Department of Health that discovered that Community District 3 (which covers the East Village, Lower East Side and Chinatown) now has the worst rat problem in the city. 

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