July 7, 2007

It Ain't Raindrops Falling On Your Head, Lady

We criticize the New York Times often on this blog, and rightly so. However, a story in New York Magazine may explain why the newspaper doesn't perform as well as it should. How can its editors and writers do their best work when they worry about maggots falling on their heads?

I'm not kidding (via Truth Laid Bear):

The soaring new New York Times tower — already known for its weird toilets (when flushed, they apparently sound like a kitten being strangled), its weirder elevators (no buttons, and no indication of what floor they're on), a leak problem (editor Bill Keller's office got soggy in a recent rainstorm), and a mouse problem (reported by Gawker) — still has a few more surprises between the floorboards: maggots. "It's hard to put out a newspaper when you're worried about what might fall on your head," one Times staffer told us this week. "One of the photo editors was sitting at her desk and maggots started falling from the ceiling tile on to her head."

That wasn't all. The maggots — Webster's says they're "legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter" — were not alone. They were "followed by a rat," our source said. A dead rat, that is, "that had been eaten by the maggots." You could hear stifled screams ripple through the newsroom as word spread, said the source. "We all scanned our own ceilings for any loose tiles," the source continued. "With maggot-y ceilings and rats falling out of the air, it's like the dark ages in this building that was supposed to bring us into the 21st century."

Interestingly, the New York Times building website -- which advertises to lease empty space in the high-rise -- fails to mention the charming wildlife that roams between the floors. I can't imagine why.


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Comments (20)

Posted by Jim Pickering | July 7, 2007 10:48 PM

Geez Ed, it is New York after all. Rats are just a fact of life in the city or do you never keep up with any news that is not political?

Posted by Vinegar Hill | July 7, 2007 11:20 PM

I wouldn't dare say what this suggests to me! Too obvious a comparison.

Posted by Mwalimu Daudi | July 7, 2007 11:20 PM

I think that this is actually an ecological story that is being recounted here: Swarm of Pests Infest New NY Times Tower.

I suspect that animal rights groups will soon protest the shabby living conditions that decent, law-abiding rats and maggots have to endure by this vermin horde that has overrun their building.

Posted by PersonFromPorlock | July 8, 2007 12:30 AM

I knew the gods would eventually destroy the NYT for selling WQXR-AM down the river. First, they made them mad: now this....

Posted by Carol Herman | July 8, 2007 1:18 AM

This building was built with funds from the 9/11 charities, people.

That's just the way poltics works.

As to the building not really being "fit" ... there are no surprises, here. I'm surprised Pinchie let this story get out of the building, though.

And, now, if Pinchie would just hang a small piece of black crepe from his nose, signifying that his brain is dead, you'd get to understand WHY there are maggots in that building! Built with "sucker cash," you really think it was built well and done right? Or just various hucksters coming along, with fancy plans on paper.

Screaming toilets.

No elevator buttons.

Don't call me surprised.

Oh, yes. Mwalimu Daudi: EXCELLENT! I laughed out loud.

Posted by Steffan | July 8, 2007 1:50 AM

Heh. There is justice in this world.


Posted by Ron C | July 8, 2007 6:13 AM

Presstitute maggots - attract other maggots. No surprise to me!

Posted by docjim505 | July 8, 2007 7:12 AM

Did the maggots come from the dead rat or from all of the horses*** in the building?

Posted by NoDonkey | July 8, 2007 7:28 AM

Those poor maggots must get the shivers everytime they think about landing on the head of a vile NY Times "reporter" or columnist.

The ones that landed on Maureen Dowd must have spontaneously combusted.

Posted by NewYuckTimes | July 8, 2007 7:34 AM

It seems appropriate that bloggers get to work in more luxurious and pleasant surrounding than those who put out the New Yuck Times.

Performance in publishing actual news and correcting falsehoods has its rewards -- and the NYT/DNC-rag should have none of it!

Posted by MCancemi | July 8, 2007 8:34 AM

The Grey Lady is, as we have known for some time now, literally rotting away at the core.

No surprise at all.

Posted by gbear | July 8, 2007 9:05 AM

Gee, thats too bad.

Posted by chsw | July 8, 2007 9:26 AM

All the news that's fit to putrefy!

Now the NYT's Fresh Air Fund can bring children to an urban wildlife park - exotic rodents, larvae, and of course, presstitutes.


Posted by El Coqui | July 8, 2007 10:16 AM

Darn, It couldn't happen to better folks.

Posted by Lew | July 8, 2007 12:11 PM

Thanks for the great upbeat story Cap'n. Almost renews my faith in justice - and poetic justice to boot! The possibilities abound!

Have a nice day!

Posted by Joshua | July 8, 2007 1:27 PM

Life imitates the Rolling Stones' "Shattered": "Go ahead, bite the Big Apple/Don't mind the maggots..."

Posted by viking01 | July 8, 2007 2:39 PM


Sha-doobie, sha-doobie. Splattered all over... Manhattan.

'Rats and maggots sounds just like the Clintoon "War Room." Of which the NY Times and their mangy Grey Bag Lady is no doubt a loyal part.

Posted by Heather | July 8, 2007 3:36 PM

Rats are just a fact of life in the city

And yet, people from cities are so !%*&# smug that they don't live in the country, where the feral carnivores keep the rodent population in check...

Posted by richard mcenroe | July 8, 2007 11:04 PM

"Geez Ed, it is New York after all. Rats are just a fact of life in the city or do you never keep up with any news that is not political?"

Dude, it's New York; the rats ARE the political.

Posted by SDN | July 8, 2007 11:35 PM

Actually, the New York Post put it best a few months ago, when commenting on the rat-infested KFC. According to them, Bloomberg found the inspectors to enforce the trans-fat ban and other trendy new health “problems” by pulling half the inspectors off such standard health department issues as vermin control. “Mr. Mayor, we respectfully request you get a handle on the health crises from the 19th century before inventing new ones for the 21st.”