Long live “The NYC Rat” !

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For those of us who live in the NYC area we have all seen our fine furry friends. Those fanciful creatures that roam our city streets at night. Crawl through our sewers. Rummage through our garbage by the sidewalks. Ride alongside us in the subway tunnels. For better or worse we are stuck with them. They will outlast us and always be here. Yet, I am not speaking of those dirty disease carrying rodents scurrying throughout our city. I am talking about those giant inflatable rats that seem to pop up overnight!

Hey buddy, can you spare a smoke? A slice of cheese?

Who doesn’t love these guys? You can find them propped up looming over a construction site throughout the five boroughs. I can’t help it but they do make me laugh and put a smile upon my face. Now, I know they are there for a serious matter and are meant to demonstrate against unfair labor conditions. Namely, unions use them against companies that employ nonunion labor at work sites. They are actually used by unions throughout the  country to raise public attention to companies employing nonunion labor. To many unions he has been nicknamed “Scabby the Rat”. Hahaha!

There are so many strange and wonderful things to see in New York. These inflatable rats are just one of the many. They are a part of the NYC fabric now and are dotted along it’s landscape. I honestly think that Scabby should be a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! They should sell stuffed toys of him at stores for Christmas. Can’t you just see the look on little Billy’s face when he opens up the package? “Wow! Thanks mom & dad! A Scabby!”

Hey guys, when do we break for lunch? I’m starving.

Maybe even a Saturday morning cartoon too! He can have super powers and fly with lazer beams coming out of his eyes that will target and destroy all the corrupt do-nothing politicians we have here. Scabby would also make for a great zombie extra on The Walking Dead. He already looks like one of them. No makeup required. Movie roles would follow as Scabby becomes the next big action star.

Hey, it’s a living! What you staring at numnuts?

It’s inevitable that Scabby would start dating and having affairs with some Hollywood starlets like Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, and all of the Kardashians. He would start into a downward spiral of sex, alcohol, and drugs with all of it captured on TMZ. In the end he would be found back on the city streets. Penniless and working in the career that launched him he will be found in front of a construction site back where he belongs.

As I walk by a smile appears on my face.

So, where have you seen Scabby?  






18 thoughts on “Long live “The NYC Rat” !”

  1. Lol, nice Phil. I’ve never heard of Scabby and I definitely wasn’t aware that he was a “mascot” of NY. I hear Wal-Mart Stores are trying to avoid being unionized. There was talk of employees striking on Black Friday. My mom has worked for them for over 10 years and she said you can’t even mention the word union without getting in trouble. Maybe I should get Scabby over here and put outside her Wal-Mart.

    1. Hahaha! Yes, bring an army of Scabby’s to Walmart. I have heard stories about how Walmart crushes union talk. Costco treats it’s employees much better from what I have read. Also, it seems Scabby is nationwide. That critter gets around! Thanks for reading and the comment!

  2. I have to admit it’s been quite a few years since I’ve been to NYC, but I would think that people everywhere would have heard about Scabby. I’m not sure he serves his purpose, though, I think he’s really cute.

    1. Hi Karen! Thanks so much for reading my blog post. Yeah, I’ll admit we all kinda like that bit rat dude. It’s kind of funny. I appreciate the comment.

  3. I Remember When I was a little one and My family traveled to NYC. We stayed at a nice hotel in Manhattan. I was about 7 years old. All I remember was the second night there, my mom started screaming. It was a Rat! Not a mouse, but a Big Ass Rat! It looked like it was a foot long. We actually left the hotel and went to a different one. My first vivid memories of NYC. That and FAO Schwartz!

    1. LOL! We are so used to those critters now that they might as well be pets. Still, some are bigger than cats and small dogs. Scary. Thanks for reading my post!

  4. Hi Karen, I’ve definitely not heard of “Scabby” before. Although I do know the term “Scab”.
    I wonder if this is in anyway connected with the Mafia films where they say “You dirty rat!”

    1. Hi Guy. I think it does have something to do with that. No one wants to be called Scab. Unless you are a punk rocker!

  5. I didn’t know about Scabby! I’ve been away from NYC for too long I guess. I’m awaiting your next post perhaps on the NYC cockroach.

    1. Hey Alexandra! Funny, as I just saw Scabby a few days ago. He is everywhere! The cockroach might be another future post. They never go away! Thanks for the comment.

  6. When I lived in the city, I saw a giant cockroach once. But never a giant rat. LOL! So, they’re using inflatable rats to “rat out” scabs. HIlarious.

    1. Oh, the giant cockroaches are like pets here! I have seen Scabby around the city for years but never realized they are all around the country. Scabby gets around! Thanks for reading!

  7. Those are too funny! I wish my town had something like that, those are great. A little creepy, but they would definitely be a conversation starter. I bet they attract tourists wanting photos also 🙂

    1. I think they are all over the country. Creepy and funny. I see tourists always taking pictures of them! Thanks for the comment and for reading!

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