Archive for the ‘Urban Flora and Fauna’ Category

New York City rat taking pizza home on the subway

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Only in New York will you see a rat wrestle a slice of pizza bigger than he is down the subway stairs. He nearly made it, too.

Alligator in the Sewer! The Urban Legend Comes True

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

According to the NY Post, an 18-inch gator crawled out of an overflowing storm drain in Astoria yesterday afternoon and quickly sought refuge underneath a car. This all happened on Newtown Avenue and 29th Street, where locals were heard screaming, “Crocodile!”

The police Emergency Service Unit lassoed the animal and bound its snout with tape. The caged gator was kept at the 114th Precinct until it was picked up by Animal Care & Control.

A spokesman for animal control said the alligator would be taken to a licensed rehabilitator or reptile sanctuary.

Small alligator crawls out of Astoria sewer

Only in New York…

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

…will you find heavily tattooed outlaw bikers saving kittens.

Rescue Ink

Rescue Ink member Desi Calderon holds a kitten.

Why New Yorkers should not wear flip flops

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Besides the fact that NYC is (in parts) a gritty, decaying, dirty, and disorderly place where you are very likely to meet with formidable foot hazards such as broken glass, chunks of brick and concrete, nails, tin cans and other refuse on streets and sidewalks, if you take the subway late at night or during off-peak hours when relatively few people are around you might have the following experience:

One hot night, I was wearing flip flops while waiting for the train when I felt something lightly scratch my foot. I looked down and there was this huge rat who had come up onto the platform and walked across my unprotected, flip-flopped feet. I have since heard that there are seven rats for every New Yorker, so this kind of thing must happen a lot.

New York City is really a small town with big buildings

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

There’s this idea that New York City is a heartless, impersonal place: stories have spread about how the huge population makes it relatively easy for an individual to get “lost in the shuffle” or for human distress to pass unnoticed. But if you are actually in New York, you see enough to know that there are good people with the capacity for love even in the big city. Last week, I saw three black teenage girls leisurely board the subway, while one held a black and white kitten on her shoulder. They talked among themselves and passed the kitten back and forth while riding and changing trains. I think everybody who saw it smiled.


Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

It’s not unusual to see the occasional rat or mouse in the subway, usually darting across the tracks. However, I once saw a squirrel who had gotten into Battery Park subway station (most likely from the park). He bounded down the Third Rail for several yards, a masterful balance beam performer. All went well until he paused, sat up on his hind legs, and his tail went down and touched the trackbed, thereby completing the electrical circuit…and killing the squirrel by electrocution.