A New York Kind of Rat


I was on my way to Carnegie Hall when all hell broke lose on the train.

The first time I went to New York City they were working on the sewer below Park Avenue. Now I was a little old farm boy and had seen and disposed of rats before but this was a plague that needed a pied piper. Displaced from their habitat they were up on one of the swankiest addresses in the world. My group was in shock but the New York elite in their mink coats just stepped over them. Rats are a fact of life in the Big Apple.

Even so I’ve got a reason for you not to sleep on the train.

Here’s a video of a rat crawling up a clueless sleeping man on the 7 train in Manhattan.

You have to be a New Yorker to film a giant rat crawling on a fellow passenger and not do something. Antony Lin, 31, shot the video in the last car of the 7 train as it pulled out of the 34h Street Hudson Yards station about 3 a.m. Sunday

 “I had my phone ready to film the rat since it was huge and the fact that it ended up inside the subway,” Lin said, adding that a couple on the train moved to another car when they saw the rodent. “So I see the rat crawl onto the guy and zoomed in.”

This is the city where a 10-year-old Boy’s wheelchair was stolen last week. NYPD Commissioner warns that sleeping on the trains puts people at risk for robbery and other crimes.



Always offer your seat to a pregnant woman. Unless she’s wearing a Red Sox hat.

Nobody is saying what happened to the strap-hanging rat. Maybe Jon Stewart saved it and brought it to a new life in a barn upstate with that Angus Bull. Farm Sanctuary in Watkin’s Glen is a nice place. They turned that bull into a steer though. No self-respecting New York Rat would ever allow that.

Sangfroid's unabashed use of punctuation and grammar has made him a literary standout on the internet. A rising star in the urban/romance/horror/science fiction/Nancy Drew fiction market, Sangfroid is the talk of the local McDonald's. His dog actually ate the first page of his magnum opus "That Foggy Night" and compared it to other great works like the weekly circular for its absorbent qualities.

One Comment

  1. Cider
    April 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

    OMG. I’m pretty hardy about rats and creepies in the city, there are a lot of rats in Boston too, especially in certain areas, and one of my apartments on Beacon Hill was full of roaches until I put poison in every GD corner, and then I assume they were just all dead in the walls. Ugh. But this is kind of horrifying.

    Related – check out the HBO cartoon “Animals” – you can see the rat episode for free online, and it’s pretty great. It’s about animals living in NY and being weird and neurotic like people… but still doing disturbing animal things.


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