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Old 09-05-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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I live in NJ now, but just got a new job in midtown and I'm considering renting an apartment in Inwood (west of broadway). I'm very familiar with the area and I think it's a perfect fit for me considering the location and price and the fact that I'm Dominican certainly helps me blend in.

My one concern is the rodent situation. I know Manhattan overall has a pretty bad rat infestation problem, but I've heard that Upper Manhattan is the worst of the worst when it comes to this. I know that generally speaking, Inwood west of Broadway is alot cleaner and well kept than east of Broadway. Does this apply to the buildings too? I know there's no way to be absolutely sure that you won't have mice/rats in your apartment, but to anyone who lives in the area, I'd like to ask if this is something to be concerned about when renting a place in Inwood.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:20 PM
 
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the presence of the 1 and A trains, bus yards in the area and the fact that Inwood is a relatively narrow area east to west and is surrounded by water on each side (and you can easily see the water from E to w) probably aggravates the situation. also the presence of large parks adds to it

i used to walk down B'way between 207th and Dyckman and there was a big open lot with signs saying that the lot had rat poison and to use caution

i might guess that the problem would be lessened on a higher floor but that wouldn't stop them from getting in from any opening that is large enough
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:23 PM
 
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Dont forget the area is also full of natural park land which helps mice and rats find nearby shelter.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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Well that blows.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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FWIW, I lived in a building in Washington Heights right by Wright Park for three years that had no pest problem whatsoever. The management company brought in exterminator in every month to each apartment, and I assume he also did common areas.

I briefly lived in another building, near 180th and Broadway, that had a pretty bad roach problem. The landlord was some guy who lived on Long Island and he paid basically no attention to his property.

So I suspect it's building by building. I would ask the other tenants in the building you're looking at, if possible.
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