From the first moment that Dave Malone saw a flock of pigeons take flight, he knew that he was in love – and he has been in love with them ever since.

Malone recalls growing up in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn as a dangerous experience. As a 10-year-old, the New York City resident says that the streets were filled with crime, drug deals, and the sound of gun shots.

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Malone, however, always managed to stay above the crime – literally and figuratively.

Instead of smoking, drinking, or getting into trouble with his friends, he would spend every day – from morning till night – on the neighborhood rooftops so he could hang out with the pigeons.

Forty years later, he still spends every day with his beloved birds.

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