Letters to the Editor, Aug. 29

Pissed off about not wanting to be pissed on

Re: Letter, “Why landscape fences make complete sense,” T&V, Aug. 22

John Giannone writes that irresponsible dog owners think “that it is ok for dogs to urinate on anything that grows and anything that does not — grass, bushes, trees, garbage cans, street posts, bench legs, the walkways, the legs of pedestrians. (Ok, so the last is false!)” John, are you sure “the last is false”? I witnessed my neighbor’s dog pee on her leg while I was speaking with her at the door of her apartment. So I know that man’s best friend (and woman’s too) does pee on the legs of humans. Some friend.

Also, it almost happened to me. I was sitting on a bench in front of the children’s playground in the Oval watching people walking their dogs in the “no dog area” gravel where the greenmarket is located on Sundays and where children play during the week. This was a weekday and I was watching a dog lift its leg to pee on the sign that read  “no dog area” when a cute little dog, which bore a resemblance to my neighbor’s cute little dog, approached me. Thanks to my scientific background, I could discern that he was a male. His owner was watching her dog, which is unusual as most owners are too busy talking or texting on the phone or to a friend or themselves to notice what their dog is doing, as the little doggie approached my leg and started to sniff my foot. This dog was probably smelling some other dog’s doo doo that I had inadvertently stepped on; it’s so difficult not to step on a schmear or two of this fecal matter, wet or dry, in Stuy Town as it is left all over the walkways so that residents can bring these little gifts home for their children or cats to enjoy.

But I became anxious as her male dog got within inches of my leg. She did not pull the dog away from me, being of the school that advocates letting the little pet pissers live their lives to the fullest by smelling everything in sight. To avoid any unnecessary confrontations, as I might have been mistaken for a fire hydrant, I gently lifted my foot to shoo the dog away. But the owner barked, “What are you doing to my dog?” I replied, “I don’t like having urine on my pants. It’s not good for relationships.” Then she growled, “Well, you don’t have to hit him!” And then her dog led her away. She had her nose in the air while his was towards the ground, living his life to the fullest.

John Cappelletti, ST

Didn’t want to say I told you so

Following Sandy, I read letters to T&V and its blog most of which contained comments of praise for the behaviors of both management and residents during this devastating superstorm. I agreed.

But, I added that this was just another step in the galloping of global climate changes. Replies especially by an “anonymous” totally disagreed with me. We exchanged remarks and…  Now, about 10 months after Sandy, following the weather in this nation and the world, my hypothesis has reached even more vindication.

Yes, I do firmly believe that there is global climate change – mostly correlated to the increasing levels of carbon from the burning of fossil fuel in the atmosphere.

Sandy reached First Avenue as the East River overflowed. Where will the next major storm reach? Sorry for my self praise.

David Chowes, PCV

Remembering a safe haven on Avenue C

Dear Sabina Mollot,

I want to write to you about an article I’d bet didn’t get a lot of response, “Old R&S Strauss site for sale,” printed with your photo of the store on the corner of 14th and C, in the June 20 issue of T&V. How well I remember this store.

It was  “Pep Boys” before R&S Strauss. And I’d say it opened at least 10 years earlier than 1964. I used to go there intermittently with my dad for a windshield wiper or something small. For some reason the place always smelled great and felt like a safe haven before going down Avenue C, a rough neighborhood in those days.

Even when I moved into my own apartment at 245 Avenue C (almost across the street from it) I’d wander in and buy thumbtacks or Scotch tape to smell the aroma of the place. (It still had its aura of safety.) The place just had a good vibe. Always did. That place and the bowling alley on 14th Street between B and C (under which were the T&V offices). I miss them both.

Now they’ll build housing on the R&S Strauss spot. I suppose NYU needs another dormitory. Anyway, I enjoyed your article and it brought back some nice memories.

P.S. Just reading Andrea Bucher-McAdams’ Cutting Corners column is amazing. The goldmine of events going on for free is astonishing. Combine that with the “Around & About” column and I marvel at the sheer number and variety of great events offered weekly to NYers. It’s great to just read about them. It makes Minneapolis seem like… well, Minneapolis. And that ain’t NYC, brothers and sisters.


Richard Luksin,
Minneapolis, MN

2 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Aug. 29

  1. I know that the smell of dog urine and sight of male dogs marking all over the community is annoying, and I apologize to my neighbors for my part in that. Aside from the fact that male dogs instinctively need to leave their mark every twenty feet, when a dog comes out of the apartment it needs to go to the bathroom badly! I think most people would agree though that in comparison to the number of dogs in the community, you very rarely see piles of dog feces in the community. Sometimes on the sidewalks outside, but almost never within the community. The overwhelming majority of owners pick up after their animals. Certainly the gall of some dog owners with respect to opening fenced grassy areas to create their own private dog runs must be admonished; that’s really unfair. Is it possible though that in the community there’s one area which can be turned into a dog run with limited hours of operation? Dog owners would be required to show proof of licensing and vaccinations and registration. Perhaps an area near the fountain which is away from any buildings? Just a suggestion. This would alleviate the informal congregation of dog owners in front of certain buildings. But otherwise we live in one of the biggest cities in the world and dogs and pigeons and rats are a part of life; there’s only so much that can be done.

    • Prospective renters don’t know about the various STPCV blogs or the T & V. If they did, they’d know that there is deep dissatisfaction here about the dogs and about the steady influx of students. And to the previous comment:: as big as NYC is, for my first 30 years here, there may have be a rat or two from time to time and yes, plenty of pigeons, But there were NO DOGS in STPCV. And many of us aren’t willing to forget it.

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