Suggestion for keeping STPCV paths clear
About the dogs, I would just like to put the following out for consideration.
NYC Health code 161.03 specifies: “A person who owns, possesses or controls a dog, cat or other animal shall not permit the animal to commit a nuisance on a sidewalk of any public place, on a floor, wall, stairway or roof of any public or private premises used in common by the public, or on a fence, wall or stairway of a building abutting on a public place.”
Whether or not the sidewalks of STPCV are deemed public or private, the reason this law is relevant is that we have very dense populations here of both people and dogs (perhaps the most dense in the city), and we have a lot of toddlers here who play and fall on these sidewalks all the time. These small children are the most important factor of all.
Even if dog owners clean up the messes, does that really matter so far as children’s health is concerned? There is residual fecal matter in all cases and in some cases, effective “picking up” is impossible especially if the dog is sick.
Just as in the rest of the city, dogs should not be allowed to defecate on our sidewalks. There’s actually more reason for this law to apply here than in the rest of the city.
In lieu of phasing out dogs here entirely, I’ll offer the following possible solution.
Today as I walked from the Oval toward 18th Street, I saw a couple with its dog doing its business off the sidewalk in a small, open mulched area. The dog finished, they picked up. Fine. Not on the sidewalk, totally within the law.
There is a small mulched area near the flagpole at 22nd Street where I’ve seen a man bring his dog. He stays on the mulch, stays off the grass, picks up afterward. Seems totally within the law. Again, nothing done on the sidewalk.
Seems to me given appropriate limitations, a little intelligent planning and intelligent application of effort, small mulched areas could be set up around the buildings and used for the dogs to relieve themselves, and that would help. I’m not talking about dog runs. Just talking about small mulched areas where dogs could do their thing, owners pick up and then go on with their walks.
Of course, there would also have to be a cap on the number of dogs allowed here. Past a certain point under any circumstances, the problem becomes totally unhealthy and unmanageable.
Any fines management decides to impose would also need to be enforced with respect to dog owners who refuse to cooperate. Accidents happen so fines would be limited to those who don’t clean up afterward (in accordance with NYS Heath Code 1310).
Barry Shapiro, PCV
Not much of a view from here
To the Editor:
One of the (dwindling) pleasures of living in Stuy Town is the view from windows. You can see trees and a fair amount of grounds. For those of us who live on Avenue C Loop, in front of the playground with white tent covering the basketball courts during winter months, this simple pleasure of looking out of window to the grounds is taken away for three months of the year.
All we see is white tarp obstructing the view, especially during Christmas when we used to be able see all the way through to the Oval with its holiday lights. While I, together with my neighbors, are OK for providing winter weather haven for young people to play, this tent is supposed to come down on March 1. Unless I missed the announcement, I gather the tent now is not coming down until April 10?
Are we to expect this extension of dismantling the tent to be ongoing every year – that maybe next year the management will decide to keep the tent up for year-round so the young people are not playing out in the heat of summer? Since March the weather has been fairly pleasant, young people can work up the warmth by playing in the open like it is meant to be.
Another point I have is dogs. I agree with readers who have noticed an increase in dog poop. I have also seen dog walkers walk away without picking up the poop while on their phone, and seen dog walkers lift their dogs to put them on the other side of the little fences meant to keep dogs out. I also agree that there are enough dog-runs within the neighborhood than to take any playground away to make way for a dog-run. I, too love dogs but dog owners/walkers need to be mindful of rest of the community that live here.
Name withheld, ST
Soapbox column was in poor taste
Tasteless is only one word to describe your Soapbox column of March 17, “What wouldn’t Jesus do?” Totally tactless is another. Especially offensive coming across it at this time of the year as Holy Week begins. It would seem to be intentionally designed to give offense to Christians while ignorantly not even realizing just how profoundly disrespectful and hurtful it is to another’s religious beliefs.
This supposedly “funny” sketch falters even at fifth-rate comedy and is on the same low level as the very politicians it’s attempting to skewer. How ironic it appears next to Sanders’ column — see his last two paragraphs: “vile attacks and verbal slurs now passes for political discourse.”
Really think T&Vs editorial judgment could be questioned if it “is proud to present” this particular Soapbox!
Name withheld, ST