It’s not the sounds of the city or early morning trash removal that forces some Greenpoint, Brooklyn residents out of bed in the morning. Instead, a neighborhood rooster has become a local town favorite by bringing a bit of the countryside to the Kingsborough. Though it may be rather odd for a rooster to be lurking about, most residents don’t seem to be bothered by its crows. We’re curious to know, would you want to trade in your alarm clock for a daily cockle-doodle-doo?
“Waking up to the crow of a rooster paired with the Manhattan skyline is the type of surreal experience we need in New York City, to remind us of our humanity,” said Elliot Montgomery to the Brooklyn Paper. Montgomery is an artist from North Carolina who lives in Greenpoint on Dupont Street near Franklin Avenue, a block where a persistent rooster crows all day.
Technically, roosters aren’t allowed in the city due to the noise they make. Chicken raising, however, is becoming an increasingly popular activity among residents. As urban farming has been increasing over the past several years, a strong community of backyard coops have bloomed in the area as well. Independent owners and community-based coops are turning to chickens for fresh, local eggs, and in the process are discovering the many facets of urban agriculture. And Brooklyn is no stranger to being a keeper of winged animals.
In 2010, the New York Restoration Project built one of the city’s largest chicken coops in Schenectady Avenue Community Garden. The 120 square foot coop houses more than 40 hens and is maintained by BK Farms—a food activism organization that offers free monthly workshops and apprenticeship programs.
Via Brooklyn Paper