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Slice: East Tremont, Bronx

Slice, 40, has been keeping pigeons since he was thirteen. Raised by a single mother ("My father, he just wasn't there for me") he started dealing drugs at sixteen. Two years later he was sentenced to fourteen and a half years in jail. After being released he met his wife. Now he manages three buildings that house AIDs patients. When I asked him if prison helped reform him he said "Ha! Prison is a racket. They just want to keep recycling you. I helped myself by deciding I ain't ever going be part of that racket again."

 

Now he is "locked down by my wife and birds. Both of them keep me out of trouble. When I am up here on the roof, I am in another world. I can leave all the past behind. All that below us, that's gone."

  

More of the Pigeon series here: Pigeon Keepers of NYC

More Bronx photos here: Bronx

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Taken on February 26, 2012