Pigeon problem is most severe at 52nd Street station
The battle against pigeon poop at three subway stations in Queens just got a lump sum.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has allocated $250,000 of his discretionary funds to install an experimental pigeon mitigation system at three subway stations along the 7 line in Sunnyside and Woodside.
Locals have been complaining about the splattered sidewalks under the elevated tracks at the 46th St., 52nd St. and 61st St. stations for year, said Joseph Conley, chairman of Community Board 2.
The community board ramped up pleas in 2011 to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to clean the bird poop on the sidewalks. But the MTA told the board it’s only responsible for the 3 feet of sidewalk leading to the subway entrance, not the sidewalks below.
“If you come and look at the sidewalks it’s like they’re covered in snow,” Conley said, referring to the 52nd St. station, which will get the bulk of Van Bramer’s funding — $200,000.
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