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Angry New Yorker puts up Rat Crossing signs

3rd September 2012 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A resident from New York’s Upper West Side has put up signs to warn pedestrians about the numerous rats roaming the area.

Joseph Bolanos, president of the West 76th Street Block Association, designed, made and displayed the signs to try to inspire city officials to solve the problem.

The yellow diamond-shaped warning notice has a silhouette of a rat and ‘RAT XING’ in black. It mimics road signs which warn drivers about pedestrians or animals that may be around.

After hundreds of complaints, the council and the association organised a ‘Rat Academy’. The academy attempted to train people how to better deal with the rodents. The meeting motivated councilwoman Gale Brewer to secure $50,000 which will be spent on metal, hinged bins to help alleviate the problem next year.

The West 76th Street Block Association says that “rats have long been a nuisance on the block”.  However, residents do also blame close-by construction site workers who have been leaving litter around.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801439742-ADNFCR


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