It's become evident that landlord Tishman Speyer's dog policy for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village is not working the way it was intended. While most dog owners appear to follow the rules, there is a percentage who do not. Even with signs around the Oval that dogs are not permitted on the grass and in the flower beds, these self-involved dog owners flagrantly ignore the rules. I've actually seen a dog owner, a young woman, stand in front of such a sign at the gate of one playground and allow her dog to go in the plantings right in front of the sign and take a dump! Furthermore, the presence of unpicked dog crap and sticky smearing from sloppily picked up dog waste is increasing. The other day two turds were left on the gravel path that surrounds the Oval, just waiting for someone at night, when visibility is low, to get stepped on and trailed along the path.
For decades the previous owner of this complex, Met Life, maintained a no-dog policy. Aware of the problems that dogs could introduce into Stuy Town and Peter Cooper, Met Life determined that it was a quality of life issue that dogs not be allowed. Tishman Speyer, in search of tenants it could lure, changed the policy. And now we have the result.
Well, no one is going to take dogs away from their owners, but seeing as Tishman Speyer cannot enforce the dog rules it has, surely it is time to call a halt to introducing more dogs into the complex. The problems are not going to get better, otherwise, but much, much worse.
Below are a few recent photos that show what's going on in Stuy Town.
Hmm, the signs says no dogs on the grass, so the owner stays outside of the grass but let's his pooch on it!:
Fido taking a dump on the lawn. Yeah, from the condition of the lawn there, you won't be able to tell anything occurred, but still:
Can you smell what a dog owner is cooking for you? It's right there, waiting for you on the gravel path along the Oval lawn:
Non-resident taking a nice weekend stroll around Stuy Town with his pit bull or pit bull mix. I was actually heading his way and he exited at the Ave A entrance and headed home to the Lower East Side. Was he stopped by Security at any point in his leisurely walk? What Security?:
Ah, it was a beautiful Saturday in Stuyvesant Town! Just the perfect day to spend with your dog on the Oval lawn and ignore all the no dogs on the grass signs posted around the Oval and on the lawn itself:
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