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Brooklyn's Going to the Dogs

Dyker Beach Park reeks as city sleeps, critics charge

Brooklyn Daily

Pooch-lovers who routinely visit the Dyker Beach Dog Run say the city isn’t maintaining the leash-free lot, leaving the task of emptying overflowing, poop-filled trash bins to a bunch of neighborhood doo doo-gooders.

Jerry Huyler, who has been bringing his dogs to Dyker Beach Park for 16 years, says he carts dozens of feces-filled bags out of the park more than twice a week — and uses his own handtruck to bring the foul-smelling plastic sacks to the dog run’s 10th Avenue entrance for pickup.

“I saw full bags both in the cans and outside of the cans in the dog run, so I began taking them to the curb,” said Huyler, adding that it often takes the Parks Department two to three weeks to take away the pile of trash bags left by the curb.

Anna Likhten, who visits the run almost every day, said the long waits between city trash pick-ups result in horrendous odors.

“It’s a god-awful stench that never goes away, because the trash never gets picked up,” said Likhten.

Dog run users are responsible for picking up after their pooches and putting their pet’s droppings in garbage cans that line the dog run, but the city is supposed to empty the bins and take the garbage bags away.

A Parks Department spokeswoman said the trash bags are removed regularly, yet dog owners say that’s untrue.

“I have never, ever, ever, seen a Parks Department person in the dog run,” said Likhten.

Rose Esposito, a dog owner who’s been bringing pups to the run for most of her life, said she didn’t realize the city was supposed to take out the trash.

“We’ve always accepted things the way they are,” Esposito said. “That’s why we do it ourselves,” Esposito said.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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Don't matter from Brooklyn says:
Wil you are an ass
May 21, 2012, 2:26 pm
Don't matter from Brooklyn says:
Wil you are an a**
May 21, 2012, 2:26 pm
Dog Mommy from Bay Ridge says:
It's nice to see that you finally posted an article regarding the storyline which you falsely claimed to be reporting on in the first place. However I can't see why anyone would take you seriously after the horrible, misquoted and biased article you wrote about the dog walkers last week. Brooklyn Daily should really examine whether they should let you continue reporting, as it makes the paper look very poor and untrustworthy to have someone like you posting opinion pieces under the guise of "reporting" on the front page. I also find it funny that the same picture posted as a "dog fight" is now about trash removal. Very disappointing.
May 21, 2012, 4:24 pm
Dog Mommy from Bay Ridge says:
It's nice to see that you finally posted an article regarding the storyline which you falsely claimed to be reporting on in the first place. However I can't see why anyone would take you seriously after the horrible, misquoted and biased article you wrote about the dog walkers last week. Brooklyn Daily should really examine whether they should let you continue reporting, as it makes the paper look very poor and untrustworthy to have someone like you posting opinion pieces under the guise of "reporting" on the front page. I also find it funny that the same picture posted as a "dog fight" is now about trash removal. Very disappointing.
May 21, 2012, 4:24 pm
Jane Complain says:
I let my dog sh*t everywhere and then I complain that someone else doesn't come clean it. And to top it off, the Bay Ridge Courier thinks I'm newsworthy!
May 22, 2012, 2:32 pm
JC from Dyker Hgts says:
Dog Mommy is completely wrong in her comments. take your dog somewhere else. The article is extremely well written and very TRUE. If you live in Bay Ridge, you should not be coming to 10th Avenue with your dog. ...stay in your own neighborhood of Bay Ridge.
May 22, 2012, 9:20 pm
Steve from Bay Ridge - Dyker says:
Hey JC - how insular and provincial can you get? This is not a Bay Ridge Park. It's a NY City Park. If I live 100 feet West of 7th Ave, am I allowed to come to the park? I am confused now. Please advise.

How would it be if the Park only had a Dyker neighborhood tax base to support it? (Yes, I know, you might think that were the case in view of how the Parks Dept. operates it!)
May 23, 2012, 12:04 pm
Steve from Bay Ridge - Dyker says:
Oh - sorry - I meant to say "This is not a Dyker Park" rather than "this is not a Bay Ridge Park." Well, whatever. Truly, it's a City park.

The City has an awful plan for this plan and the Owl's Head Run - as I understand it - They are going to close the 2 dogparks - both at once - doing work simultaneously (with no staff, I am sure, probably relying on workfare - either that or a sweetheart fraudulent contract with some connected firm) - instead of in consecutive stages which could allow at least one park to be open while the other is worked on - - - next spring - both parks would be closed througout the summer - the work is supposed to take six months - this probably means a year - they will put down a special material in place of the grass and dirt but since they can't afford to cover the whole area with that plus buy a bunch of shrubs (for the dogs to pee on and then there will be complaints? Sure!), they are closing off permanently about 20% of the Dyker Park, will have it sitting there useless and unavailable. Meanwhile dead branches fall off the tree onto the picnic table. I was told someone from the City was taking measurements and pictures of the tree a few weeks back, no doubt part of the elaborate preparations to arrange a pruning. They are going to rebuild 2 parks, spend $600,000 on shrubs and come out with a 3/4 sized park and they can't prune a tree, amazing - what a govt!

Please, don't do this - do the basic stuff: simple maintainence, garbage collection, a water source, a 2nd gate. Talk to the people who have been using the park for decades. They know what is needed. (An area for just smaller dogs who are not comfy with large dogs is a good idea.)

I love this park, I love the dogs and their owners. Please, CB 10/Parks Dept: don't ruin it!
May 23, 2012, 12:36 pm
Save our Park from Dyker Heights says:
Couldn't have said it better, Steve. Is there anything we can do stop it, at this point? There won't be a single patch of real grass accessible to our pooches if they make these awful, nonsensical changes.
May 23, 2012, 5:09 pm
Keep the park clean from Dyker heights says:
I have lived near the park my whole life and can't believe what it has turned into. From a beautiful green space to a garbage strewn smelly patch of dirt! Children use to play in this park before the dog owners commandeered it.
Those who use this park for their dogs should take responsibility for leaving it clean. Stop complaining. 600,000$ have been committed to give you a dog park.
Be grateful and clean up after your dogs.
May 31, 2012, 3:53 am

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