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Pigeon Whisperer

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People who keep pigeons as pets: an eccentric broker; and this eccentric Dutch septuagenarian artist who lives in Alphabet City. Anton van Dalen tends to about 35 birds on his 10th Street rooftop, monitoring them via security camera as he works in his studio below and breeding them carefully over the years so that they're snowy white rather than an icky gray. They're very, um, close, with a "quiet, very personal, almost secret kind of relationship. ... I really think they're like part of my family, except they have some wings." [DNAinfo; previously]