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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Stuy Town Dog Wars
You know, in order to post on other matters, I may have to introduce a new blog--Stuy Town Dog Wars--that will just deal with this pesky issue of non-compliance of the ST/PCV dog rules by a good number of dog owners in this complex. There's important conversion plan news and debate up ahead, the future of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, so let's finalize this dog issue for the moment.
Those of you who read Town & Village saw the above Sept. 23rd front page item about rude dog owners, which continued on for two pages inside the newspaper. Dog owners who are not only rude but aggressive against anyone who reminds them that they are not following the dog rules they agreed to follow when they acquired a dog (or dogs) in this complex. In the article, a resident states that, within ten days, he got into two altercations with dog owners who had their pets off leash. One of the owners, when reminded by the resident of the rule of dogs needing to be on a leash, responded with slurs, including, "You wanna do something about it, faggot?" The other owner admitted, when asked, that she wasn't a resident of Stuy Town, before retracting that statement and replying that she had a right to break the rules!
Worse, when the resident complained to security about the dog owners, he was told that security has been instructed by management to do nothing! A spokesperson for Tishman Speyer (may this company's name and Rob Speyer's name live in perpetual infamy in NYC history) refuted that, stating that security does enforce the rules. [Personally, I've seen occasional enforcement in the Oval grass area, but no place else. That's if security is around, which more often they are not.]
In another case, a Peter Cooper resident says the sight of unleashed dogs is common in PCV. When she confronted a man about his unleashed dog, his response was that the rules did not apply to him. In another incident, when she addressed a man who was walking his unleashed dog around the Oval, the man "started screaming, saying he was going to report me, that I was assaulting him." [Hm, this kind of skewered view where the person in the wrong is the one who feels put upon reminds me of something recent....]
Folks, this kind of lax, arrogant behavior on the part of bad dog owners has got to stop. If security is not up to the task, then we as residents (non-dog owners and dog owners alike) who care about how this space looks and what makes it breathable (disregarding the terrible things done to it by Speyer & Company) have to speak up. I'm not necessarily concerned about a dog along a patch of non-Oval grass, but dogs urinating on flowers and trees (which I've frequently seen), being in flower beds (ditto), being off leash or on retractable leashes stretching out longer than six feet are a definite problem, as are dogs running around in one of the playgrounds. (Today I witnessed a dog taking a crap in the middle of the AstroTurf playground.) If we put the pressure on, bad dog owners will get the message. At least most of them. To remain completely silent, either by not addressing the issue to the dog owner him/herself or to management/security, is just letting this place go to the dogs.
P.S. Perhaps it's too late now with a new management soon taking over (though that shouldn't stop enforcement of the rules), but it may be a good idea for whoever is in charge of the complex now or will be in the future to post in every building a dog rules "reminder" and a warning of dog rule enforcement.