November 28, 2011 / Brooklyn news / Downtown / The Greatest Story Ever

Rats! City Tech cafeteria is the dirtiest in the borough

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Reading, ’riting and rat infestation!

The student cafeteria at City Tech has the filthiest kitchen in Brooklyn, thanks to live rodents, “filth flies,” and workers who smoke in the food preparation area, according to the city.

The Jay Street campus received more violations than any other restaurant in the past two months — nearly four times what it takes the city to shut down an eatery.

On its website, the school boasts that its cafeteria offers “heart-healthy items,” but inspectors found no reason to award a Good Housekeeping seal of approval: Cooks allegedly serve food at hazardous temperatures, allow mice to nest in the kitchen and don’t properly sterilize equipment.

Inspectors also said they found no “hand-washing facility” in the food preparation area “or toilet room.”

The cafe has been shut down after scoring 103 violation points in its October inspection, nearly four times more points than the city needs to shutter an eatery.

Nearly all of the cafeteria’s violations were listed “critical,” although the school’s website still features photos of faculty members and students eagerly lined up to order pizza and hot dogs.

City Tech President Russell Hotzler did not respond to calls seeking comment on Friday, when the campus was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Most students were home, safely eating leftovers.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

al pankin from downtown says:
why do they need a cafeteria? there are so many choices with "A" ratings in metro tech that is crazy for city tech to employ anyone in the food wonder kids can't read and write. they should concentrate on a well rounded educastion. forget the food business.
Nov. 28, 2011, 8:29 pm
Vincent C from Brooklyn says:
I always thought this college was a dump, but not literally.
Nov. 30, 2011, 5:23 am
vanessa from flatbush says:
as a student that goes there, the eatery is just as good as the education here -_-...aren't we lucky that CUNY is hiking our tuition 31 % for things like this?
Nov. 30, 2011, 2:25 pm
john from midwood says:
i work at citytech. the place is a big sty. there are rodents throughout the campus not just the cafeteria. the administration is totally corrupt and cares only for advancing their own self interests. the health of the students doesn't really matter.
Dec. 1, 2011, 9:10 am

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