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Watch out! Possums appear to be taking over Brooklyn

Will Gleason

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.


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