By Sabina Mollot
The last time the owner of Stuyvesant Town deigned to provide the number of dogs that were living in the community was in 2012, when CWCapital revealed to Town & Village that it was close to 1,100.
At the time, T&V noted that the figure was likely to grow since management had just begun to crack down on unregistered pooches at that time.
And grow it did, with the population of pooches now at 1,200, according to Blackstone’s data.
Meanwhile, since announcing its takeover of ST/PCV, new owners Blackstone and Ivanhoe Cambridge have steadily been approached by tenants on numerous dog-related issues from lack of rule enforcement to the lack of an onsite dog run.
On Saturday, at a meet-and-greet event for tenants and the new general manager Rick Hayduk, one resident wearing an “I (Bone) NY” sweatshirt said she planned to put in a request for a dog run. (The shirt was a freebie at an event for dogs and their owners that was held in Stuyvesant Town last May, with other freebies including Stuy Town logo-covered dog poop bags.)
The resident, malti-poo owner Belinda Medina, said she’d even be satisfied with a dog run that’s open part-time and suggested using one of the property’s lesser used playgrounds.
“Even if it’s just on the weekend for a few hours and even if we had to pay,” she said. “It would allow us to weed out the dogs that are not part of the community. I’m sure one of the dog (product) companies would be happy to sponsor it. I brought it up with the last owners. They weren’t interested, but it’s a new day.”
Blackstone has not yet announced any change in dog related policy or any plan for a dog run.
However, a spokesperson, Paula Chirhart, said, “The topic of dogs is something we have heard a lot about from tenants and we are looking into it.”
Dogs have been living in ST/PCV since Tishman Speyer lifted the ban on pets in 2008.
In other population-related news, the number of human tenants in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village has also appeared to fluctuate, with a longtime estimate of 25,000 residents changing five years ago to being closer to 30,000, according to management’s data.
As of this time, the tenant population is almost 29,000, according to Chirhart. However, Chirhart added that this figure may not account for every baby.
In 2010, when the 30,000 number was provided by then management firm Rose Associates, company president Adam Rose had said this actually had been the number for a while. So rather than the population suddenly jumping due to new tenants crammed into converted apartments, the population had remained the same as children grew up and moved out and new people moved in, he said.