Dairy scary! Raccoons drink up at Windsor Terrace school, neighbors say

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Careless custodians at a Windsor Terrace school have turned the surrounding block into a cafeteria for hungry raccoons — and rotten milk is always on the menu, according to angry neighbors.

Residents say the clean-up crew at PS 154 regularly tosses dozens of trash bags filled containing half-empty cartons of milk on the sidewalk in front of the school, attracting families of chubby critters that tear into the plastic bags and spread rotting trash on Windsor Place near 11th Avenue.

“It’s disgusting — it’s like the school serves them dinner every night,” said neighbor Pat Maliha.

She said school officials are ignoring the problem by failing to drain milk cartons before chucking them in the garbage and not placing the trash in dumpsters.

And a soon-to-open green market slated to open in the schoolyard could make the leave fat furballs even more aggressive — and even better fed, neighbors fear.

The raccoons are already testy enough, according to Maliha, who claims a pushy fella’ banged so hard on a neighbor’s window that one Windsor Terrace resident had to call pest control. A huge one spooked another neighbor, who then took a photo of the masked bandit.

Maliha snapped some evidence herself. Her photos show roughly 20 large white trash bags on the street in front of the school — many dotted with bite marks.

District 15 superintendent Anita Scop said the district is working with the school to remedy the trash trouble.

“The school is dealing with the problem,” she said.

But Maliha said school officials have given her that answer for months — without taking action.

“They’re being bad neighbors,” she said.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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ty from pps says:
This is standard operating procedure for the school custodial staff.... The elementary school abutting Cortelyou road has a disgusting sidewalk on the Argyle Side. It's where they bring the garbage out. The sidewalk is thickly coated with grease and filth and smells rancid.

I don't think they ever take soap and a stiff broom out there. Perhaps they hope the rain will clean it. It doesn't. This is an elementary school for crissake.

Oh, by the way, this putrid sidewalk is the entrance to the school playground...
May 1, 2012, 9:36 am
Lisa from Windsor Terrace says:
No slaughtering the raccoons, please.

Let's make sure we don't take it out on them. Urban wildlife take advantage of the crap that we leave out.
May 1, 2012, 10:13 am
o3 from wburg says:
racoons are disease carriers so kill them AND clean-up the mess.
May 1, 2012, 10:24 am
jay from pslope says:
The racoons are all over the place, they come out at night in groups of 4 or 5 and rummage through the entire neighborhood's trash. They make caca and leave it all over the place. My neighbors dog got in a fracas with one Sunday night.
While I kinda like racoons, they are disease vectors and they have a relatively high incident of rabies, in fact they account for the majority of rabies cases. They have their place, but they are a legitimate health hazard for people and pets. The raccoon population is exploding in this area of Brooklyn and the city, as usual, is not doing squat about it. Just wait till little johhny gets bit by one.
May 1, 2012, 11:07 am
Frances K from Brooklyn says:
Well perhaps something needs to be done with the peopl enot doing their jobs. I fdon't leave my trash in bags laying on the street, Why would a large school do it?

@Jay, learn to live with the raccoons.
It is the human population that is exploding and destroying the planet.
May 1, 2012, 4:17 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
I like raccoons much more than people. One visits often in our yard at night and makes no noise. I wish that was true of my neighbor's children.

We are also visited by a opossum once in a while. Also, no noise. So I like opossums more than people also.

I think noisy people from Bay Ridge should move to Staten Island so we can be left with quiet, respectful humans and a few noctural animals.
May 2, 2012, 11:05 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Davy Crocket hats for everybody!
May 3, 2012, 8:23 am
adam e from windsor terrace says:
I'm sure that most neighbors aren't aware of the many DOE rules and regualtions that can interfer with a solution to this problem. schols are not permitted to have sidewalk dumpsters and schools don't want to have large dumpsters in their schoolyards filled with garbage where children play. School administrators don't want potentially dangerous animals near their students either. Schools across the city need assistance wiht this issue from the DOE and Department of Sanitation as this is not an issue exclusive to this school. Even if containers were emptied the racoons would still break into the bags after smelling the milk to explore. the city should consider daily garbage pick-ups at schools as they generate large amounts of food trash.
May 3, 2012, 8:33 am
ty from pps says:
Adam -- fair enough... but what DoE rules are there that say the janitors can't get out a bucket and soap once a week for the sidewalk??
May 3, 2012, 2:41 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
We had some 'coons rip through the screened in porch at my upstae estate - lucky charm anti freeze = rocky you met you match - it aint pretty but they would have been in the house in a day or trwo - - they are vermin no matter how cute - when you have to put ypour pooch or kitty down or godforbid your kid gets treatment think how cute they are
May 3, 2012, 9:45 pm
joey from b'hurst says:
Just end the biased meals program. Why should certain children eat for free and others have to pay. No food, no garbage, no varmints.
May 4, 2012, 12:26 am

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