A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 04, 2007
“Feed a pigeon, breed a rat”

Some people feed pigeons in New York City, and rats eat the same food. “Feed a pigeon, breed a rat” was a poster made by New York City’s Health Department.


New York Times
F. Y. I.
Feed a Pigeon, Breed a Spat
By MICHAEL POLLAK
Published: March 4, 2007
(...)
Even where pigeon feeding is not prohibited, both the Parks and Health Departments discourage the practice, citing litter and rodent problems. A Health Department poster warns: “Feed a Pigeon, Breed a Rat.”

Staten Island Advance
As rats scurry indoors, a health alert
Illegal chemical blamed for sickening 15 people, the Health Dept. warns
Friday, November 03, 2006
By FRANK DONNELLY
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE
(...)
Rats also love garbage, pigeon food and animal feces. So Pascone cautions homeowners to clean up after their dogs, especially if they’re let out in the yard, and to tightly seal garbage and birdfeed.

“They love pigeon food. Feed a pigeon, breed a rat,” he said, quoting a Health Department poster.

Google Groups: alt.drugs.psychedelics
Newsgroups: alt.drugs.psychedelics
From: sibyl
Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 00:05:48 GMT
Local: Mon, Aug 5 2002 7:05 pm
Subject: Re: Sex with pigeons (how-to guide)

in the entrance to my building there is a PSA poster with the phrase

“feed a pigeon, breed a rat”

if you fuck a pigeon, you breed a rat pigeon, kinda like ratchicken
--
Missa

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • (2) Comments • Sunday, March 04, 2007 • Permalink