The Rat King Residence Is Dead

July 22, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Or at least dying, anyway. Ben writes:

The home of the Rat King is officially coming down. I took this one last Friday… and they’re a bit further along today.  My guess is that it’ll be gone by the end of the week.  Not sure where he’s living these days, but I have seen him walking around in the neighborhood the past few days.

What will take the place of this house, you ask? It is rather hard to tell. Plans were filed to build a six story condominium but the Department of Buildings said, no, no, no!

And no once more for good measure.

I suppose we will have to wait and see. What I want to know is what the Rat King thinks of all of this.*

Miss Heather

*No need! Check out the comment left by bellario!

Photo Credits: Ben L.


2 Comments on The Rat King Residence Is Dead

  1. bellario on Tue, 22nd Jul 2008 12:03 pm
  2. Who cares what the Rat King thinks? He’s been nothing but nuisance to the entire neighborhood for years. Even now he continues to feed the pigeons at that shithole of a “house,” and even now dozens and dozens of rats consume the birdseed left uneaten by the birds. Even now he noses into everyone’s garbage, yells at people unprovoked, generally spreads unpleasantness. There’s been nothing anyone could do about it — 311, DoB, Police, Sanitation, Health, Borough President … all impotent in the face of this cranky old crackpot.

    He now lives four doors down the street, and will live in the new building once it’s up. His nephew is developing it, and will reap hundreds of thousands of dollars selling condos to newcomers.

    So don’t feel bad for the Rat King. Feel great for the neighborhood, finally rid of an eyesore and a nightmare. And feel great for those of us who, like the Rat King, have been in this area for generations but have treated our property, our neighbors, and ourselves, with respect, not contempt.

  3. missheather on Tue, 22nd Jul 2008 1:12 pm
  4. bellario, you just confirmed what I suspected when I was parsing through permits last night! That said, all the proposals for a new building on this site have been rejected, so it looks like it might be awhile before you see new condos there. When you do, I imagine selling them will be tough: this area is already saturated with new construction and credit is much harder to get than it used to be. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

    Thank you so much for commenting— and by all means keep me posted!

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