Dog poop is one of the scourges of the neighborhood, and the number of complaints about it has been rising. According to Renthop, complaints to 311 spiked 180% on the Upper West Side between January-June 2015 and January-June 2016. Locals have gone to great lengths to remind their neighbors to clean up after their dogs, but it never seems to eliminate the problem. We heard this fall that a woman was leaving poop in the tree wells near the Museum of natural History because “I don’t pick it up when it’s in the dirt.”
Renthop doesn’t include the total numbers of complaints, but we crunched some numbers and they show that there aren’t many official complaints. We all hate dog poop, but few of us actually call 311 about it. Since 2010, there have been a total of 91 official dog poop complaints in the neighborhood. (Crunch the data yourself here.)
Councilmember Helen Rosenthal’s office is now giving out laminated signs like the one above that you can post to remind the offenders that there are hefty fines for their negligence.
Signs can be posted on buildings only (with appropriate permission by their building owner/managing agent) to discourage this kind of action.
Let me know if you’d like one or some: we can arrange to drop it off for you or you can pick them up at our District Office at 563 Columbus Avenue, NYC 10024 212-873-0282 x200.