LAist editor Jason Toney was in town, and he captured this photograph of one of the city's fixtures. And some thoughtful passer-by made sure the bloated rat wouldn't be lonely on the street until the Department of Sanitation swept him up. Even though Gothamist is not always excited to see a rat, we have to say this is a pretty great, if gross, picture.

Gothamist loves the book Rats by Robert Sullivan. And is this a subversive way of thanking Mayor Bloomberg for the smoking ban? Anyway, this photo can be found on the Gothamist stream on Flickr; add your NYC life photos to it!

Photograph by Jason Toney