People are used to seeing rats, but not like this: dozens of them darting back and forth inside the gated section of Corona Plaza.
It's a popular hangout for residents and their children, but on Monday, the rats seemed excited to be here, too.
It's not uncommon to see rats in this community, but people were surprised to see them so brazenly out in the open.
The Parks Department referred the matter to the Department of Health, where a spokesperson said the problem would be addressed.
On Wednesday, there were inspectors and exterminators on hand for an emergency baiting.
The Health Department says it takes the infestation "very seriously." In a statement, the agency added, "In partnership with NYC Parks we have been baiting Corona Plaza regularly; the most recent baitings at this location were conducted on April 30, May 1 and yesterday."
It also said that workers would "continue to bait and monitor the area.
Some residents also want the city to crack down on people who litter.
"The people eat over here on the street. They throw inside," said one man who help plug up the holes.
"There are food vendors who shouldn't really be on the street because once they're done selling everything that they brought, they throw all the litter on the floor," San Martin said.
After NY1 reached out to the Sanitation Department, they told us they would send an officer to the area as well.