Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Special Things About New York: #1

Consider the following numbers. (don't worry, there wont be a quiz).

8 million: The number of people in NYC

32 million: The estimated number of rats in NYC

Rats are everywhere in the city. In the subway. On the streets. In the park. 
Thankfully, they are not in my apartment.

And, probably only for this reason, I can say that I think they are a really cool part of the city. Sometimes, I like to hang out on my fire escape and watch them run across the street and hop in and out of garbage piles. And, when I am walking home at night, I like how the trash bins on the street come to life when I pass them. When I run in the park, I like to chase the ones that run out in front of me.

Some might consider a 4:1 ratio of rats to humans to be problematic; I'm not going to lie to you, the idea of rats rummaging around in the kitchen of that diner that I ate at last night doesn't do much for my appetite. But I've never been to a city that has this sort of rat population. It's novel. It's one of the things that makes this place special.


Blogger The Cordillera said...

Hello Tori,

Am I right that you're the Tori Fahey of Tour Divide 2011 fame? If so, you might be interested to know there's been a special request for you to contribute to this year's Cordillera - the journal of the Tour Divide set up by Eric Lobeck and first published in 2010. I'm editing it this year - Eric's also still involved - and if you'd care to let me know if you fancied putting pen to paper then I'd be grateful.

Thanks in advance,

Paul Howard

You can send me a message via thecordillera(at)

March 9, 2012 at 3:09:00 PM MST  

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