A mob of rats was spotted kicking the tires on a parked Honda early Thursday morning, fearlessly scurrying about and frightening passersby.
The rodents roamed Ave. D near 10th St. outside a market in Alphabet City, making an easy meal of the overflowing garbage from a nearby can.
Veteran Daily News photographer Sam Costanza, no stranger to New York City streets, said the corner was crawling with vermin. He snapped a photo of the beady-eyed little beasts perched inside the hubcaps of the car.
“As females walk by these bastards jump out and scare ’em,” Costanza said. “It’s quite a sight.”
The Daily Newser counted at least 10 rats swarming in close proximity, including one “cat-sized” rodent.
Mayor de Blasio declared an all-out war on rats in May, expanding a pilot program citywide targeting the critters at the source: reservoirs, parks, playgrounds and sewers.
The MTA also said last month it was going to stop feeding rats by retrofitting trash rooms with better doors.
The end might be nigh for city rodents, but on one corner of Alphabet City at least, rats were partying throughout the comfortable summer night.
“They’re brazen little bastards,” Costanza warned. “They’re not frightened at all.”