To add a strange twist to the pigeon-killer saga, JJ Byrne park—where a Park Slope resident is allegedly sprinkling rat poison around in an attempt to control the avian population—is fenced off and under construction, as The Observer discovered when it visited earlier this afternoon.
The only area of the park open to the public is a large expanse of AstroTurf—a completely illogical place to tossed (poisoned) bread for birds, seeing as it would likely get trampled within minutes.
“I come here every day and I’ve never seen a dead bird … so if someone actually is doing this, I don’t know how effective it is,” said one Park Slope mom, Julie Karasik, who takes her children to JJ Byrne.
The crazed resident who posted a long pigeon-hating rant on the Brooklynian website acknowledged the dangers of using poison to rid Park Slop of the “vile” and “nasty” creatures, but said any possible “collateral damage” was worth the risk. Ms. Karasik disagreed.
“You have tiny kids who play here, it’s not a good idea to put rat poison here. There must be a more sane way of doing this,” she said.
Indeed, there is a middle school right next to the park, full of unsuspecting children who could be picking up the rat poison while running around. A 12-year-old boy, Micheal, who was “just hanging out” in the park, said he had not heard anything about the sordid pigeon population-control tactic, but didn’t seem to like the idea.
“I don’t know if it’s a joke or not, but I think it’s not right,” he said.