You may have blocked the details out of your memory, but we do still live in the most bedbug-prone borough of the most bedbug-prone city in the entire country, having seen a massive resurgence over the past few years of the pest that at one point was largely eradicated from the Western world. We even have our own Bed Bug Advisory Board, created out of necessity.
But hey, at least they're a great equalizer.
The most recent and public victims of our 21st-century plague were over at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, whose angry employees went to the Daily News with stories of what they thought was inadequate handling of this month's minor outbreak. Museum officials say the problem has been settled and that further precautionary spraying is scheduled.
While that gets sorted, let's take a look at a few more high-profile spots around Brooklyn to fall victim. It's as comforting as it is terrifying.
The station, which usually brings in local DWI arrests for testing, temporarily outsourced the process while treating the affected cells. To date, there don't seem to have been any further outbreaks at the station, so the friendly neighborhood drunk tank can move forward undisturbed.
The forever embattled hospital added one more item to its list of PR problems in July 2010, courtesy of one lone, extremely destructive bed bug.
After an insect was found on a patient in the hospital, one of their triage rooms was subsequently closed for inspection and fumigation, amid widespread speculation.
A spokesperson for the hospital told reporters at the time, "There is no infestation. We are talking about one patient," shortly before asking the journalists to leave the hospital's grounds.
Less than a month after Kings County Hospital ran into problems, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office had its own outbreak, with the bugs reportedly spreading over four of the building's floors.
The Post reported that "assistant district attorneys were seen 'milling outside and scratching'" while exterminators and bed bug-sniffing dogs patrolled the building.
Will poor D.A. Charles Hynes ever win?
For the past three years, the Pavilion has fought back against persistant rumblings of bed bugs in the theater, meeting all inquires (and accusations) about the problem with firm denials all around. Unfortunately, this did little to improve its sullied local reputation.
After struggling under the notoriously negligent corporate management of Cinedigm, the venue was sold last May to new owners, and it's likely no coincidence that complaints have died down. The space has since undergone improvements and renovations, and, if all goes to plan, a bar. Sounds like a vast improvement to us.
Everyone knows that Bushwick is super hot right now, home to all the trendiest trends that ever trended. This is undisputed fact.
Thus, the neighborhood was also way ahead of the curve on bed bug infestation. Back in 2007, when they really first started to make a comeback (the city didn't even form is Bed Bug Advisory Board until 2009), Bushwick had the highest rate of incidents of all neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn — its records accounted for 476 out of the 6,889 complaints registered to the city, nearly ten times as many as the year before.
Feel cool now, guys? No? Horrified? Don't be too sad. The moral of the story here is that it can (and increasingly does) happen to anyone, and everyone on this list seems to have survived. Also, there are definite upsides to summer, and bug season, ending. Are you still "bummed" about "beaches closing" now? Yeah, we didn't think so.