'It Looked Like a Zombie': Rat Climbs Out of Bathroom Sink in NYC Couple's Apartment - NBC New York

'It Looked Like a Zombie': Rat Climbs Out of Bathroom Sink in NYC Couple's Apartment

“It was just so insane I couldn’t not laugh,” Bari Finkel says

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    Rat Climbs Out of NYC Bathroom Sink

    A Brooklyn couple experienced firsthand one of New York City’s most disgusting urban legends: a rat came wiggling its way out of their plumbing. (Published Monday, July 16, 2018)

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    • A Brooklyn couple saw a rat climb out of their sink in Brooklyn on Friday

    • The rat scurried around in the sink before climbing back down the drain

    • The couple said they'd never seen any rodents in their home before the incident

    A Brooklyn couple experienced firsthand one of New York City’s most disgusting urban legends: a rat came wiggling its way out of their plumbing.

    Bari Finkel said a rat crawled out of the sink drain in their Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone Friday night.

    “It looked like a zombie coming out of the grave,” she recalled.

    Finkel said it was actually her boyfriend who discovered something amiss with the sink -- which had no stopper because of a slow drain -- while using the restroom.

    When he looked over at let out a yelp, Finkel went over to the bathroom thinking that he had somehow hurt himself. She said she let out her own horrified scream when she saw the critter for herself.

    “I looked over and saw this small creature just emerging from the drain,” she said.

    She added, “It was just so insane I couldn’t not laugh.”


    Finkel said she went back to the living room to keep her dogs out of the bathroom while her boyfriend tried to handle the situation with a grocery bag. But she said she went back into the bathroom to document what had happened.

    “After a couple minutes, (the rat) was making sounds and was clearly also freaked out,” she said. “I said ‘we should probably take a couple of pictures, because this is insane.’”

    She said that when she lifted the bag to get pictures, the rat escaped the only way it could: it climbed back down the drain.

    “I’m glad we didn’t have to figure out what to do with it, but I did not love the idea of it being in the pipes,” she said.

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    Finkel said she’d never seen rodents in her apartment building before, and even members of her block association had never heard of anything like that happening.

    She told her landlord, whose only response was, “that’s a first.”

    They were a little wary of using the bathroom for a few hours after the critter’s visit, Finkel said, but they don’t have any plans to change their routine -- other than replacing their sink stopper.

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