City holding dog run town halls

The series of events are for dog owners with questions or concerns about their local dog runs. (Pictured) Dogs and an owner at the Bellevue South Park Dog Run (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

Got a question or concern about Fido’s dog run? The New York City Parks Department is holding a series of four dog run town halls with the next one scheduled in Manhattan on April 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The series, according to a spokesperson for the department Meghan Lalor, was inspired by similar public dog forums the department held in 2007 while finalizing an off-leash policy as well as a forum in 2010 when Assistant Commissioner Michael Dockett was named the agency’s “dog czar.”

Now, the department is “refreshing” the concept with the hopes of getting dog owners more involved in their local runs and to inform them about available resources. The first in the series on dog runs took place in Queens last weekend without about 40 people in attendance. The Manhattan venue will be the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center at 3 Clarkson Street, and dog owners should note that the event is for humans only.

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Two teens arrested for Blue Smoke robbery

The five robbery suspects seen at Blue Smoke restaurant in Flatiron

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested two 15-year-old boys in the last week in connection with a robbery at Blue Smoke that took place on the evening of Sunday, March 18.

As Town & Village reported last week, police have been looking for five men in connection to a robbery at the Danny Meyer-owned barbecue joint in Flatiron who have been going up to victims while pretending to solicit donations for a basketball team that doesn’t actually exist.

In the incident at Blue Smoke, the suspects approached a host inside the restaurant and grabbed cash out of his hands before fleeing, and when the victim chased after them, one of them hit the host in the back of the head.

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