Friday Funny: It Doesn't Get More New York Than Pizza Rat, Brooklyn Settler

The streets of New York lived up to their infamous reputation this week with two viral videos that seemed almost too perfect.
September 25, 2015, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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First came the unbelievable video of a rat schlepping an intact slice down four stairs of a subway station before fleeing from the glare of impending stardom. The video launched a thousand think pieces, reaching all the way up the upper media echelons, with a satirical article by Silvia Killingsworth in The New Yorker.

Then came the video (warning: full of vulgar and racially charge language) of an adult white male jogger in Brooklyn absolutely losing his head over an encounter with a stroller-bearing adult white male. The encounter led the jogger to provide a history of settlement that gives full and complete credit to his own pioneering efforts, as expressed in one of the vulgar phrases hurled from the adult white male jogger at the stroller-bearing adult white male: "The only reason white people like you live here is because I settled this fucking neighborhood for you!" Taylor Berman provides a play-by-play of the encounter and provides new versions of the video after the original was removed from YouTube.

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Published on Monday, September 21, 2015 in The New Yorker
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