Feathered fiends: pigeon problem in Queens nabes
by Andrew Pavia
Aug 07, 2013 | 424 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announces the installation of apigeon mitigation system at the 46th-Bliss Street station in Sunnyside.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announces the installation of apigeon mitigation system at the 46th-Bliss Street station in Sunnyside.
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As 7 train riders enter stations on Queens Boulevard, they are increasingly forced to dodge pigeon poop, both on the ground and from overhead.

Now, steps will be taken to combat the issue at the 46th Street-Bliss, 52nd Street-Lincoln Avenue and 61st Street stations in Sunnyside and Woodside.

“Pigeon poop isn’t a joke,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “The process of installing state-of-the-art pigeon mitigation systems is well underway, and once fully implemented will help deter droppings from hitting commuters who use these train stations every single day.”

This system will include low-voltage wiring, nylon spikes and angled edges to prevent birds from roosting. Ultrasonic devices will also emit “aggressive” hawk sounds that are inaudible to humans.

Van Bramer secured $250,000 in funding for the project, which he said will begin the process of beautifying the area under the 7 train.

“I believe that making these areas into intentional public spaces will contribute so much to the livability of the neighborhood and will only enhance the local business environment,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District.

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