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Washington Square Park Redesign: Bring Out Your Rats

Last week, a state court gave the go-ahead to the endlessly delayed, much debated redesign of Washington Square Park. What could possibly go wrong now? To answer that endlessly non-rhetorical question, let's turn to former Village resident, author, and general soothsayer Michael Gross, shall we?

The decision to allow the controversial renovation of Washington Square Park to go forward will likely have an unintended side-effect that will make the recent Kentucky Fried Rat infestation just around the corner look like, well, a day in the park. Ever since 9-11, when rats surged away from ground zero through subway tunnels, the area around Washington Square has been infested with them. They party on street corners, feast on garbage and cavort (and breed) in neighboring gardens like so many randy club kids... More still—many more—make the famous fenced-off skateboard mounds in Washington Square their private Rodent Motel. When the demolition of those mounds begins, the present will look like a most pleasant prologue.Let's see the neighborhood activists try to wrap their arms around this one.
· Ratdominium [Gripe Box]
· Appeals Court Okays Washington Square Redesign [AP via Newsday]