Pigeon Keepers of NYC
I first noticed the beautiful flocks of pigeons high above Maria Hernandez park in Bushwick last summer. At the time I had no idea that they where part of an old sport.

Brought over by the Italians, Bushwick used to have well over a hundred guys (yes all of them are guys) who kept pigeons on the roofs, now its only about twenty. Not raised to race (thats another sport), they are simply collected and bred and then flown to highlight their beauty.

These days, its mostly Dominican and Puerto Rican men; everyone one of them has been more than happy to show me their flocks.

Kept in coops on various roofs, the pigeons are fed and flown almost daily.

Once you view the flocks flowing and swirling high above Brooklyn, catching the shifting sunlight, you start to see the artistry involved.
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