To the Airbnb community: the only time I've ever left a negative review for any of my 100+ guests is with John who left the apartment in horrendous condition. He was completely disrespectful of my apartment.
To address the review: the pigeons roost outside of the windows, in the air shaft, but there is a fan/ac unit in the window and when it's on you cannot hear the birds at all. Again, rarely have I received a complaint about this. The street is a very active one, however, I've strategically placed the bedroom on the interior of the apartment, and behind French doors, meaning that street noise isn't an issue when going to bed. Yes, you'll hear street noise in the living room (on weekends) but it's New York and the best, most popular neighborhood. As for check in, again, I've welcomed 100+ guests and never had an issue with anyone getting the keys - they're always waiting at the same place, ready for anytime check in.