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July 20, 2016

By

Chelsea Davis

No alcohol is necessary to make this unique, innovative beverage

Tea fans will love this calming, tart, bubbly refreshment. The innovative use of fragrant chamomile will sooth your taste buds and — lucky for you — this libation is non-alcoholic, so have as many as you want!

Recipe courtesy of Ryan Te for Oiji NYC.

1

Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Ounce Clarified milk
  • .75 Ounce Chamomile
  • .5 Ounce Lemon juice
  • Soda water

Directions

Stir all with ice. Strain. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


Pigeons and Coupes

Amjad Ali released six of his champion pigeons and watched proudly as they circled higher and higher into the morning sky and gradually became mere specks. When they had all but disappeared, a beefy man walked up and asked, "Hey, you got a radiator for a ➗ Pathfinder?"

Mr. Ali runs an auto repair shop in Corona, Queens, where, perched above the junked cars, scrap metal and twisted auto wreckage, he keeps about 150 exquisite white pigeons with gray heads and outstanding pedigrees. They roost in outdoor cages attached to the side of the repair garage, above a smashed-up Lincoln.

Mr. Ali, 50, considers himself a first-rate mechanic, but he really fancies himself an athletic trainer, treating his pigeons as a team of finely tuned athletes. He breeds, trains and flies Pakistani tipplers, which are known among pigeon aficionados for their ability to fly very high for long periods -- all day sometimes -- before descending to the coop.

Mr. Ali said he grew up keeping tipplers in Karachi, Pakistan, where the highfliers are immensely popular. Enthusiasts hold high-stakes competitions to see whose birds can fly high the longest, the best ones flying up out of sight in the morning and coming back down by dusk.

Although many of the rooftop pigeon coops that were a staple of New York City decades ago are long gone, enthusiasts who keep birds are still out there. Most of these pigeons either circle near their coops, do aerial acrobatics or are "racing homers" trained to fly home from hundreds of miles away at impressive speeds. Mr. Ali's birds are more vertically minded.

He immigrated to New York about 17 years ago, set up a successful auto body business and settled his wife and three children into a nice home in Flushing. Then, four years ago, homesick for the passion of his youth, he persuaded a friend in Pakistan to give him 20 quality tipplers. Mr. Ali said he paid $7,000 to meet various United States government requirements so that he could ship them to America.

Since then he has carefully selected his top-performing fliers and mated them to breed better ones. Each morning, after opening his auto body shop, he feeds the birds and releases a half-dozen of them into the sky. Then he goes to work on customers' cars, stepping out intermittently to watch them go higher, up past the jet lanes leading to La Guardia Airport. They disappear for several hours, and in late afternoon they begin reappearing out of the sky, flying slowly down and usually roosting on the coop by dinnertime.

Mr. Ali said that many of his birds were world-class fliers that could easily fetch thousands of dollars from tippler handlers. He protects his flock with razor-wire fences, coopside surveillance cameras and a territorial German shepherd in the yard. He asked that the name and location of his business not be printed.

"I already get a lot of people stopping in and asking me about them," he said apologetically. "I'll never get any work done."

He said that the birds often caught the eye of Pakistani and Indian immigrants.

"A lot of Pakistani cabdrivers come in and ask, ɿrom where did you bring them?"' he said.

Michael J. Beat, a pigeon enthusiast from Brooklyn Heights who runs an online discussion group called Tippler Talk, said that he had heard increasingly from Indian and Pakistani immigrants keeping high-flying tipplers in New York, although he does not know Mr. Ali. "Twenty years ago, we never heard of Pakistani tipplers, but you hear more about Indians and Pakistanis coming to New York and the first thing they say is, 'I got to have my pigeons, I have to import a pair,"' he said. "It's familiar and it's country pride. It's what they know."

Mr. Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary. Inside it one recent morning, he fed his flock and checked on the 10 nesting pairs that sat on eggs or protected their newborn chicks.

Mr. Ali fed the birds food formulas he mixed himself, along with vitamin mixtures he makes from garlic oil, enzymes, vitamins, creatine, protein powder and a blend of spices his wife helps him mix, to aid the pigeons' digestion.

"Everything stems from the stomach," he explained. "If things are good there, the bird is healthy."

Mr. Ali says he has developed an expertise on pigeon nutrition from extensive reading about sports nutrition, biology and pigeon physiology. His pigeon handbooks and nutrition manuals are tucked among the automotive manuals in the shop office.

Nestled between two books about transmissions, for example, was "Feeding the Athlete Pigeon," and interspersed with manuals on engine parts are handbooks on sports nutrition and the physiology of pigeons and humans.

He reads Pakistani newspapers to keep up with the competitive circuit back home. From his research and experimentation, he said, he has found diets that have impressed the tippler aficionados he keeps in contact with in Pakistan, who have begun using his mixtures. He gestured proudly to a promotional poster from Pakistan hanging in his office advertising a coming race featuring some birds nurtured on Mr. Ali's diet formulas. The poster bore a photo of one of Mr. Ali's tipplers and listed the bird's name, American Express, in the caption, he said.

Asked about the name, he explained that he plans to pass his business on to his college-age son. Then, like a well-trained pigeon, he will fly home to Pakistan, possibly for good, and revive his old coops.

"Iɽ like to go back with my best birds and race them," he said. "They will all have American names -- American Dream, American Fly, like that -- so the people in Pakistan will see how well you can breed their birds in America."


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