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Up On The Roof


All along the waterfront and throughout blue collar Brooklyn, pigeon keeping has been an active pastime for centuries, passed down from one group of residents to the next.

Apple Dun, Carneau, Fantail. These are just a few of the many varieties of pigeon that New Yorkers who use the term "rat with wings," are most likely not familiar with. Most city pigeons are hopeless scavengers, prone to disease and seemingly everywhere. Meanwhile, on the rooftops of every borough, urban flocks of richly colored birds twist and dive through the light air, inspiring awe in all who bother to look up. Is it possible these are the same species of feathered friends? As the men who raise and care for these birds prove through the example of their own lives, anything is possible. Up On The Roof follows several of these devoted pigeon-lovers through the rigors and rewards of this quintessential New York tradition.



GENRES - documentary, nature

Angel and Carmelo
Baby Bird In Hand
Birds and ESB
Up On the Roof

Film Info

RUNTIME - 58 minutes

YEAR - 2008

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Color, Stereo


DVD features two additional films about pigeon keeping in New York City:

Pigeons (1967) by Joan Kuehl and Joanne McGarrity

Keep 'em Flying (1981) by Ann Carol Grossman & Renee Fraser


JL Aronson


JL Aronson




Scott Elliott


JL Aronson

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written by jokettle on Aug 3rd, 2011read all my reviews

this review is from: Up On The Roof (DVD)

Amazing shots.
I loved them
Reminded me of my youth in South Boston, Ma. when my older brother and all his high school chums kept pigeons on the roof..
and yes, sad to say-- also engaged in Pigeon Piracy as in the film-- luring stray birds from someone else`s flock to a new home and three squares a day.
Just like in this revealing pictorial narrative---there was also quite a bit of drama involved when the South Boston "Pigeon Pirates " would pay a nocturnal visit to the unlocked coops hoping to make a score. Often successfully alas..
My brother had some rare specimens such as "tumblers and rollers" and other pretty birds which classification I don`t recall. Some of them also disappeared on the "Midnight Express"-- but by the same token--sometimes- he would send up the flock for a "Fly-by" only to have some passing birds join the flock and return -tired and hungry looking for a place to rest and a free meal.
Congratulations to the girls that put this together--it brought back wonderful memories of a quieter-,less hectic time.

I wish I knew Mike Tyson`s address or E_Mail. He absolutely adores rooftop pigeonry and I assume he would love to see this.

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