It’s a common cycle every gentrifying neighborhood goes through. First, the trendy crowd moves into an up-and-coming area. After a few years, wealthier residents price those people out. Then, the possums attack.
Over the weekend, a brunch-crazed possum was spotted DESPERATELY trying to get a table at a closed Wilma Jean in Carroll Gardens. (To be fair, that fried chicken is delicious.) With the help of four police officers, the little guy was eventually detained. But as you can see below, the critter was definitely not the first, or the last, possum to be spotted in Kings County.
In 2010, Gothamist uncovered notes from a 2007 Community Board 15 meeting that described efforts to control Brooklyn’s rat problem by releasing possums into the streets. Instead of dying, the possums apparently multiplied, resulting in the mean, possum-filled streets that we face today. Be safe out there, New York.
Possum, raccoon? Brooklyn backyard tracks, looks too big for squirrel? Back paws bigger than front... pic.twitter.com/ZiJAWR0NBP— Lisa Guido (@lisaguido) February 4, 2015
This Brooklyn Hipster possum has camped out all night for the extra 30% off http://t.co/DqljwKGWel— Race Imboden (@Race_Imboden) October 29, 2014
Well I just saw a huge possum in my yard. Nothing new in Brooklyn— Jessica (@jessrocksursoxs) March 4, 2015
I've seen two possum in Brooklyn in the last week— OldYorkMatt (@OldYorkmatt) October 8, 2014
I saw a giant possum on my stove last night. Talk about Brooklyn Country! I am living it.— aronblue (@aronblue) January 28, 2015
why is there a possum in my backyard. i don't live in east bumblefuck. I'm in brooklyn with brownstones— Melanin. (@VersusAndCo) October 6, 2014