Pigeon flying and racing: Brooklyn Review

Pigeon flying and racing: Brooklyn Review

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Brooklyn independent television pigeon flying and racing have been longtime traditions in Brooklyn and now the past times have entered the spotlight thanks to the Animal Planet's new series taking on Tyson the doc you reality series finds former boxing heavyweight champ Mike Tyson returning to Brooklyn to pursue his childhood hobby racing pigeons now reporter Laura Moravsky discovers how the pigeon culture is more than just a hobby or a sport for a few passionate Brooklynites
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enemies in the sky friends on the street that's the saying behind the pigeon flying culture which is very much alive and well in Brooklyn on a recent Sunday when I visited Broadway pigeons and pet supplies in bedford-stuyvesant I went as the passion and camaraderie among the Brooklynites he fly pigeons off of their rooftops the regulars here spent hours swapping stories about their domesticated birds a lot of these gentlemen here they average 5 from 200 300 400 Birds I don't want more on the
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rooftops in different areas maybe in this area for example you have a guy pigeon coop right over here and one here another one five ten blocks away and sprinkle like that these are not just ordinary pigeons you see on the street they are carefully bred and well taken care of great fly it's getting more expensive you need a lot of time and of course a lot of money to be honest with you cost a lot of money you have to change the wood is twice a day you got to keep it fresh you got to clean the coupe's once a week you know it's a lot involved it's
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a lot of time a lot of effort and especially if you're on the move you got to carry the bags of feet up to the roof it's hard I guess putos Lucky's not on his roof huh that the birds are over his roof huh okay so when one guy sends his birds up the other guy may send his birds of two so the key is when the stocks when they mix with each other sometimes when one stocks breaks breaks away he may entice another bird from the other guys stop so how do you catch the bird so you get the birds down if that other bird is hungry you throw some corn you might get him in
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a trap now he's yours oh yeah there's a hook like a big net some guys are good at that and they catch the bird and now they come out on Sundays and talk about it I caught eczema and this person if they like the bird a lot too probably may keep the bird and train and retrain it or breed the bird or sell it to the pet shop if they don't like it so they can make a couple dollars to the pigeons only your's while it's on your roof once it's in the air anybody can catch it he little Walker catch in your neighborhood
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catch it the guys on the block man unit New York is a flying town and the competition is here and at times pigeon flying is more than just a competition it's a beautiful thing like for me I was a trouble kid and with these birds most of my day is spent on the roof so I'm not in the streets no more committing crimes getting in trouble in fact I could say these birds saved my life because if it wasn't for them birds who knows I could be in prison for the rest of my life because of the stuff I was into now these birds get my full
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attention so I'm not in the streets no no I'm passionate about it I've always been a romantic person I'm just a normal guy I mean I like girls but I like to fly my pigeon the pigeon flying tradition is often passed down through generations the pigeons are always been my family with the house that I lived my kids at a 15 degree sign I lived there my mother told me she was born in 44 ever since she was days out that you know the pigeons always been there by my house so I still got the pigeon coops that my grandfather has the original ones Bushwick to fly these birds and they all got the
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passion for because they've been doing it since they was young boys too that was passed on probably from the father or friend like me I'm passing it on to my son I'm teaching my son my son John how to fly these birds and all of that and now he got the bug for it well he can't wait to get home from school after you do his homework and stuff like that to go up on the roof fly the birds and I hope he pass it on to my grandkids and his kids because I want this thing to go on forever if they cut because just like they kept me out the streets from getting in trouble I see us doing the
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same thing for my son pigeons tend to unite people people who don't look like we don't have to be clones of each other but if you see it brings people together different people I love that because it represents peace and that's the best part I think I like about it the next time I see a flock of pigeons soaring through the Brooklyn skies I'll be wondering about the person the passion and the story behind it all I'm Lauren Moravsky for Brooklyn review we don't fan on Facebook why Brooklyn
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