What’s the difference between living next to Washington Square (as I did for years) and living next to Central Park (as I do now)?
There are lots of them. On the one hand, consider rattus norvegicus, or Norway Rat, a typical downtown denizen. On the other, a recent midtown west newborn, spotted last night just inside Artisan’s Gate. I wouldn’t want either one as a pet but Rocky Raccoon’s awfully cute.
rat vs. racoon
(Raccoon photo taken 4/1/08 by Paul Grayson of photeinos.com)