Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rats with Wings: A Love Story


While most New Yorkers hate pigeons, I love them, so I had to share this post from the New York Public Library's blog.

My grandfather used to keep pigeons on his rooftop when he was a boy, and his mother used to say: "Mangiano d'oro, cacano piombo" (they eat gold, they crap lead).

3 comments:

The Cottage Child said...

I lived in New York for a couple of years when I was a child (19 and 20 years old)and I loved the pigeons. I guess it was a homesickness think - my favorite fountain at home (Austin) had lots of them, too. They never offended me, and I never completely understood why they bothered folks so much.

Pentimento said...

To me they are so beautiful with their iridescent wings, and each one so different.

Rodak said...

I recall referring to NYC pigeons as "gutter squabs" in a verse epistle to a friend, shortly after I first moved to Brooklyn. That's not too shabby a designation, if I say so myself, but it may have been stolen...