An apartment building with a posh Fifth Avenue address and Central Park views is battling an invasion of rats that are bold enough to walk right into the lobby, residents say.
"They're no longer afraid of us," said Joanna Lawson.
Residents say the infestation at the building, right near the Upper East Side's Museum Mile, has worsened in recent years. Rats can be seen crawling around outdoor garbage containers in the middle of the day.
"They are the size of cats," said Anna Miranda.
State Sen. Bill Perkins has been helping apartment-dwellers in the building reach out to the Health Department.
He also wants tougher vermin rules for landlords, including harsher fines and removing problem landlords from their properties.
The owners of the building, Dawton Management, hired a contractor to help combat the critters.
"They want this done as soon as possible," said Fotios Demopoulos, of Atlas Construction.