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New York City Rat Complaints Surge as Urban Life Revives

  • Return to office areas, restaurants for human and rodent alike
  • Rats that survived a pandemic food shock are ready to eat
A rat on the platform at the Herald Square subway station in New York City. 

A rat on the platform at the Herald Square subway station in New York City. 

Photographer: Gary Hershorn/Corbis News/Getty Images

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As New Yorkers get back on their feet after a year of the pandemic, so are the rats that survived a once-in-a-generation food shock.