In this binless city there are rats everywhere — in the street, on the subway, dining with tiny martinis underneath a streetery shed. Rat sightings are up 70 percent from two years ago. And just last week, our city’s head of sanitation stood behind a podium and announced, “The rats don’t run the city. We do.” (When you are a human being who has to say that, the rats have won.)
So New Yorkers might be forgiven for thinking that they’re the No. 1 city in the country for rats. But it’s actually Chicago. According to Orkin, a pest-control company that puts out an annual list of cities where it conducted the most rodent treatments in the past year, New York is actually No. 2. There’s always next year!