Tony Takes Manhattan
A feral pigeon has been taking the ferry from Manhattan to Weehawken, New Jersey every day – at the same time every day, no less – for three years now. The pigeon’s nickname is Tony. According to the deckhands and the ferry’s regular travellers, Tony boards every day on Pier 79 during the rush-hour commuting time and gets off the boat briefly at every dock – in search of food, naturally – before returning to Manhattan after two hours, allegedly without fail. He then repeats this during the evening rush-hour.
Edwin Montoya, who has worked for the company New York Waterways for more than ten years, says this of Tony: “No doubt he’s a New Yorker. He never flies off in New Jersey. Now that’s an intelligent pigeon.” Apparently, although pigeons – particularly in a huge metropolis such as New York City – often look the same to most commuters, Tony is noticeable because he is black and has a clear green sheen to his plumage. Tony had no comment at the time of going to print.