WHITBY -- Columnist Margaret Carney. July 18, 2012

WHITBY — Columnist Margaret Carney. July 18, 2012

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents of a Queens neighborhood said they’ve had enough of the pigeon problem that’s left their street a disgusting mess, but they don’t know who to ask for help.
As CBS2’s Steve Langford reported, residents turned to CBS2’s Facebook Page, saying the pigeons have taken over a house with droppings covering the sidewalk, forcing people to walk on the street, and stinking up the neighborhood.
“This looks like another episode of the Birds, Alfred Hitchcock, it’s kind of scary,” one resident said.
The scene on Parsons Boulevard in Flushing evoked comparisons to a horror movie from a half century ago, and other foul concerns.
“I had the unfortunate experience of being hit by a couple of them,” Mirana Zuger said.
Neighbors complained that pigeons have been crowding the power line in front of one home every day.
One woman did wax philosophical about the birds.
“I think every living being has a right to live,” she said.
But do they have to live here? Some locals asked.
“This thing is disgusting cause it smells especially when it gets very hot, humid, smells,” Louis Sarmiento said.
The sidewalk has practically been repaved with pigeon droppings. Complaints to the occupant have not gone well a neighbor said.
“They called the police, they called the police,” she said.
CBS2 left for a few minutes and returned to find that someone had dumped a bunch of rice on the sidewalk.
“No, have you seen me feeding the pigeons?,” she said.
As for the pigeon droppings all over the sidewalk, the resident said it’s the city’s responsibility to clean it up.
When asked why the pigeons where there, she had a beaut of a response.
“Ask the pigeons.”
Some neighbors said it’s her horror film, or comedy.


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