Best Rat Watching (2008)

Union Square

Rats love two kinds of places best: parks and subway tunnels. Both are full of great hiding places and abundant sources of delicious garbage. UNION SQUARE, a park perched atop a large subway intersection like a cherry on a parfait, is as popular with Rattus norwegicus as the nearby Coffee Shop is with the trendy set. What's more, all the recent construction work on Union Square West has roused the rodents, who take delight in the sand-filled playground in the northwest corner. Despite the Department of Health targeting the area for their extermination, they climb the fences and jungle gyms at night, playing as happily as if they were real children. Health hazard be damned, it's magical. Whee!

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