Pigeons, also known as rats with wings, love to roost on the window sills, roofs and cornices of brownstones, bringing their unsightly droppings with them.
There are lots of hobbies to choose from — playing golf, playing a musical instrument, gardening, swimming. Let’s add raising pigeons to the list.
It seems some ‘pigeon fanciers’ take their hobby very seriously too, providing housing sized more like a loft that a coop.
Take a look at this coop on 57th Avenue in Maspeth.
Pigeon Keepers of NYC [Flickr]
Image source: Will Ellis
Recently, Untapped Cities published photos from a visit to Building 25 at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village (GMAP), located on the eastern edge of Queens. A decrepit, abandoned structure, it is a place for classic urban archaeology and those fascinated by abandoned urban spaces. That said, it turns out that decades of pigeons have spent time in some of the rooms, evidenced in part by the astonishing piles of bird droppings (which, you can imagine, made the photographer seriously gag upon this discovery).
This question is inspired by this post over on Astorians.com – Falcon or Hawk – Let the Debate Begin! – and it got us thinking- have you seen any actual wildlife recently here in the city? We’re not talking pigeons or squirrels, but real deal wildlife. We know there’s a hawk family that hangs out near the Triboro/RFK bridge; and of course various animals have gotten loose in the past year – we’re looking at you, peacock. So let us know what you’ve seen recently – leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity!