The MTA Just Dropped a Load of Money to Save Queens From Pigeon Poop

July 31, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

All you naysayers of the recent metro card fare increase, rest assured: those extra 25 cents per ride might help save clean scalps all over Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens from the perils of pigeon shit.

The MTA plans to invest $250,000 in a brand new “state-of-the-art pigeon poop mitigation system,” consisting of low-voltage wires, spikes to prevent pigeon roosting, and ultrasonic devices that “keep the birds at bay” by emitting irritating frequencies that only pigeons can hear.

“At least twice-a-day Sunnysiders and Woodsiders are forced to dodge pigeon poop as if the’yre dancing through raindrops. But of course this isn’t rain drops, it’s pigeon poop,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told DNAInfo. “It’s not only disgusting, it’s unhealthy.”

Van Bramer added that humans who feed pigeons are at the root of the problem, and that the ever-vigilant “Parks Department and the Health Department have been there for the last week catching people feeding pigeons, and fining them appropriately.” (Photo: Scott Wallick)