Volume 81, Number 14 | September 1 - 7, 2011
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

Photos by Lincoln Anderson

Get ready to rrrrrrrumble!
Sunday afternoon people gathered at the Ninth St. and Avenue A gate of Tompkins Square Park to gaze at quite a scene. Yes, of course, their first look was at the downed scholar tree, sadly splayed over the park’s midway. But then they looked down right behind the gate in the still-locked, people-less park where all of Tompkins’s small critters were competing for some bread scraps that had been scattered (in violation of the new “Feed a Pigeon, Breed a Rat” signs). Above, a team of rats made a charge for the crumbs. Below, a crew of tough pigeons staked out the crumbs as some big squirrels munched away. It went back and forth like this. The only thing resembling a clash was when a rat and squirrel did a midair snout bump. “They’ll interbreed and you’ll get a squigeon, or a sqaat,” some wiseacre commented.

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