The Rats Of Grand Central


These metal rats are above the entrance of Grand Central Station on Lexington Avenue. They don’t actually glow red, which may be why even when I’ve pointed them out to other native New Yorkers, they tell me they’ve never noticed them before.

According to this tidbit from NY Slimes (what can I say, a lot of their reactionary reporting and opinion columns have disgusted me to endless nausea as of late), the rats are there because the building once had a nautical theme and these were supposed to represent the ship ropes that Norway rats loved to climb up.

Ship travel is primarily responsible for the presence of Norway rats in North America, and I think someone needs a bit of climbing rope installed in their cage for Yule.


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