Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pooping Pigeons Plague Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station - Look Out Below!

Image of Pigeon waiting for F Train with other Roosevelt Islanders

Traditional metrics for evaluating the MTA's subway service include criteria such as on time performance of the trains, passenger overcrowding, crime, escalator and elevator outages etc. Now we can add a new item for measuring subway service - PIGEON POOP DROPPINGS - and the Roosevelt Island F Train Station fails horribly.

Pigeons are all over the subway station and leave their delightful calling cards on the ground, the turnstiles, stairs and everywhere else. I recall a time not too long ago when as I was sweeping my metro card through the turnstile machine a big glob of pigeon poop landed on my hand and card. Not a very pleasant experience!

A reader sent in these Roosevelt Island Subway Pigeon Poop Pictures.

Someone once told me that it is good luck to be pigeon pooped on your head but I think that is an honor I can do without.

Blogger Annietown had some thoughts on pigeon pooping on head luck idea.
... Here’s the thing: a bird takes a dump on me EVERY YEAR. And I don’t even spend a lot of time outdoors. In fact, one might say that I do not like the outdoors and am generally suspicious of anything that does not have four walls and a roof. Last year I was walking down 8th Ave and 50th St. and a bird just laid one on me. I mean it’s MIDTOWN. There’s zero chance of nature there. And yet there I was, with bird shit on my sleeve and all over my watch. The year before that it was actually on my head. Everyone loves to tell you that it’s good luck, but then why don’t they make bird shit key chains like a rabbit’s foot? Everyone is clearly lying and they are horrible horrible people. It’s good luck for the bird.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you brought this up!! Looks like i am not the only one who feels like a victim of those pigeons..

Boss Lady said...

A pigeon pooped on my hand when i was buying a metro card one morning on my way to work. It did not start my day well at all.

Anonymous said...

pigeons = $hit hawks

Anonymous said...

Can't the MTA get some pest control people in for this?? or the RIOC? or whoever's in charge? SPCA?

Russ said...

Pigeon poop may contain the deadly cryptococcus Neoformans, an encapsulated yeast capable of producing meningitis, etc. The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases calls c. Neoformans "an important disease with high mortality". Our National Center for Disease Control advises that if you want to avoid this deadly infection, stay away from bird, especially pigeon poop. The perfect environment for the growth of c. Neoformans is the digestive tract of pigeons. Cryptococcus Neoformans is so deadly, it has "crypt" in its name. How many people must die before the MTA takes action? Will the Board of Directors of the MTA be exposed to pigeon poop?

Anonymous said...

Scientist agree, Man Kind is the filthiest creature to roam the face of the earth, the mess they leave behind can be extremely harmful, they species spreads diseases and viruses through out the world such as the Flu, Aids, and many other deadly infections, if you wish to stay healthy, avoid the Human.
The human species breed like rabbits, they will cause the destruction of there world extremely premature.
The fecal matter carries deadly germs and parasites, they litter there world and continue to fill the ground with there waist and pollute the drinking water and the oceans.
Factually, Human's destroy everything they come in contact with, even other humans.
Humans are the deadliest parasite to infect mother earth.

BrokenWing said...

Well said Anonoymous
Humans seem to think they can form judgment on others but seem to avoid there own issues.
It will be the human parasite that will destroy the world we all live in, not the animals.
Humans seem to use such stupid reasoning as such, "I belong here, you don't".
Animals walked this world and flew the skies thousands of years before man kind placed his/her foot print in the sands of time, this was there world first.
And in a world of first come first serve, I frankly am shocked at how man seems to forget this.
The diseases and viruses man spreads through out this world is staggering, there waist and fowl presence will be there damnation.
But what fascinates me the most is, they claim to be the most intelligent species and know there numbers (breeding ways) are the main cause of all destruction here on mother earth, but yet they still breed just as you have said.
Like Rabbits, spreading there infection quickly.
The sun will shine brightly long after the Human species has destroyed Mother Earth and all her beauty.
I see a parasite....waiting to get on a train alright, the Parasite is sitting on the bench........
Just the fact...a simple FACT.