From the Daily News:
Transit workers speculate the musky smell of death is from the few rodents an authority contractor actually managed to kill with poison. The odor emanates from the bottom of an elevator shaft, where some of the vermin took their last breath, the workers said.
For the most part, however, the rats at the Parsons/Archer hub are alive and kicking. And if the MTA is waging a war against these whiskered pests, it's losing - and losing badly.
A short distance from the busy hub's platform is a square concrete room where the MTA temporarily stores the garbage until station cleaners pick it up. There were about 75 bags in the room; some piled on the floor, others stuffed into metal bins.
The garbage train that hauls the trash to a transfer facility hadn't made a stop at the station in three or four days, a cleaner said.