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September 10, 2012

Brooklyn Tenant Busted for Keeping Alligators, Snakes, Etc.

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Written by: Kelly Virella

An alligator living where alligators should — outdoors. Photo courtesy of Flickr/


ome bad neighbors play their music too loud or fight too much. And when neighbors are really bad, they sell drugs out of their apartment or they’re convicted sex offenders. Now, someone in Crown Heights’s Weeksville Houses has figured out a way to be what could be the worst neighbor possible. The tenant setup an indoor wild animal menagerie in a fifth floor apartment, containing “five pythons and a boa constrictor, as well as two alligators, two bearded dragons, a gecko, a scorpion, and a tarantula,” according to Sure. Why not?

The neighbors apparently had no idea, thinking the worst thing going on in the apartment was that its 3 noisy pitbulls were running around, then peeing and pooping in the hallway. Imagine how surprised they would have been if one day one of the alligators got loose and was crawling around the hallway. How about stumbling upon a boa constrictor in the elevator?

The NYPD raided the apartment Friday. has photos of the seized animals. I’m pretty sure this tenant will have a hard time averting eviction.

About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.