Your pup’s filthy paws have no place in the lobby at Hawthorn Park, the gleaming new apartment building at 160 West 62nd street overlooking Lincoln Center. The building owner, Glenwood Management, has banned dogs over 15 pounds from the premises. The weight limit is in effect, the building has told potential renters, because every dog has to be carried by its owner into the elevator, with no paws touching the lobby floor.
One applicant told us management’s rigidity about the weight limit was one of the things that turned her off from renting in the building, even though the apartment views were “gorgeous.”
Obviously, lots of buildings in the city have no-dogs-at-all policies. And, while we at West Side Rag happen to LOVE dogs, it’s understandable that some people might not like hearing your German Shepherd Poindexter bark like the Russian army is invading.
But a policy that would have banned heroic dogs like Lassie and Old Yeller in favor of dogs you can put in your purse like Paris Hilton’s Tinkerbell? A policy that explicitly favors foo foo dogs in order to protect the lobby floor? That’s something else altogether. It just seems so effete.
One broker we spoke to says she’s heard of similar dog weight limits before at other buildings. We checked in with Glenwood Management for an explanation of the policy and to learn more about how it came about, but they didn’t answer our questions.