Photo by myself, somewhere in Midtown.
In the US, the inflatable rat is the sign of workers' trade unions. A fellow passing by was reading the sign posted on the rat.
Giant rats are left outside establishments by unions as a symbol to the public. I'm not sure what was being protested in this case. The red items in the foreground are a motor to keep the rat inflated and a gas tank.
In the recent past, most new buildings in New York were constructed by union workers. A recent article in the Times says that more non-union contractors are underbidding the unions in terms of cost.
For the article in the Times, click here.
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