Imagine watching your kids run around the local playground, digging in the sandbox, swinging on the swings, meeting the neighbor kids, and ... fighting off rats everywhere they turned. Sounds like a horror flick, but it's the reality for patrons of one New York park where rats have overrun the place.
In the East Village, Tompkins Square Park was once a lovely place. It got all new playground equipment in 2009, and was even named one of the city's top parks. Now it's one of the top hangouts for rats -- lots of rats.
"You have to run away because they think it's their territory," one woman told the New York Post.
"You can hear them in the bushes squeaking," a man told the paper. "The park is their breeding ground." Others said the rats actually crawl up the children's legs.