The vermin appear through the darkness each evening: Dozens of unwanted intruders running up and down the stairs, through the hallways — and even crawling through the windows. Tenants say the rats are to blame for the Bushwick building’s powerful stench that is detectable from the sidewalk.

“At nighttime they sound like they have a big party all over the ceiling,” said Ruth Acevedo, who lives on the second floor of the Menahan St. building with her mother, father and 20-year-old daughter. “One time I was sitting here and my mother was there, and one fell from the [ceiling] like POW! A big one.”


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