By Gabriela Resto-Montero
MIDTOWN EAST — Bye bye birdies.
The exclusive University Club on Fifth Avenue in midtown got approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday to put up bird netting to control pigeon droppings.
Pesky pigeons were leaving droppings along the facade of the Beaux-Arts building and the netting is designed to prevent the birds from nesting on window ledges. The club will put up the netting between its main building and an annex along E. 54th Street.
The club, which counts Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson among its members, resides in a landmark building and needed commission approval to kick out the critters.
"It doesn't detract from the architectural integrity of the building," said Lisi de Bourbon, spokesperson for the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The affected area has a service entrance and serves as a light shaft, making the netting barely visible to other buildings, according to de Bourbon.