Rats run rampant in small park in Queens - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Rats run rampant in small park in Queens

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

It didn't take us long to find the rats scurrying around in John Vincent Daniels Jr. Square, a little park under the 7 train in Woodside, Queens. The park is infested with rats. Usually nocturnal, they even run round during the day, as we found out.

Sal Albanese, a former New York City councilman from Queens, now running for mayor, took Fox 5 on a rat excursion at the park.

We saw plenty of rats feasting on trash and even drinking water someone left, probably for the pigeons. After all, rats need to hydrate during a heat wave, too.

But Albanese says they're a nuisance, as he found out while campaigning at the park recently.

"All of a sudden, one of my supporters jumps out of his shoes as a rate goes over his foot.  They were everywhere, big rats...super rats," Albanese says.

The Parks Department says it has laid bait traps, and will continue to. But that people also need to pick up their trash.

We found trash cans overflowing and not even cleaned out.

"Pest control has to be a regular treatment," Albanese says.  "Otherwise, you're going to see an infestation."

Those who walk through this park on the way to the train, or like to sit here and relax, say they've had enough local "wildlife" viewing.

  • Queens NewsQueens NewsMore>>

  • Is your home's energy meter spying on you?

    Is your home's energy meter spying on you?

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:38:32 GMT
    Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.
    Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.
  • New SAT: What will those questions look like?

    New SAT: What will those questions look like?

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:05:28 GMT
    Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.
    Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.
  • NYC exploring ways to curb taxi speeds

    NYC exploring ways to curb taxi speeds

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:14:53 GMT
    New York City is exploring ways to curb the speed of taxis. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week issued a request for information on "anti speeding vehicle technologies."  The measures include devices that can intervene when drivers exceed posted speeds and "advisory systems" that can sound alarms when reckless driving is detected.
    New York City is exploring ways to curb the speed of taxis. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week issued a request for information on "anti speeding vehicle technologies."  The measures include devices that can intervene when drivers exceed posted speeds and "advisory systems" that can sound alarms when reckless driving is detected.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices