The rat epidemic has not hit home yet (we trust), but they seem to be on the march, having appeared in at least a couple of homes on the block, and engaging in brazen street partying. We think that recent neighborhood construction may have drawn them out, and also wonder if our newish corner market, with its sidewalk food displays, is a ready source of snacks. Sandy has also been blamed for flushing them into closer contact. I have to try & treat this with aplomb, but will seriously freak out if I find one in the house.
Oh & we have a raccoon hanging out next door. I've seen plenty here over the years, but like the rats, their numbers are growing. This one's a big guy, apparently.