Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Sanitation Department Ranks the Worst New York City Neighborhoods for Dog Poo Violations -

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"Watch your step in Washington Heights.

The upper Manhattan neighborhood ranked first -- or worst -- in the borough for dog droppings, according to a database of pooper-scooper violations provided to The Post by the Sanitation Department.

Riverside Drive, Amsterdam Avenue and 179th and 160th streets were the worst mutt minefields in the area, Sanitation officials said.

'The city just stinks,' said Megan Winner, 30, a Washington Heights resident who tries to walk to her job at New York-Presbyterian Hospital without ruining her shoes.

'I can't enjoy my walk. It's full of landmines of dog s- -t,' she said."

"I love dogs, but when I see crap on the sidewalk, I don't see the dog. I see the owner."

"It's bad. I have to clean my shoes really regularly to scrape the poop off," said neighborhood resident Rob Thomas.

Click here to see how NYC's 5 Boroughs Stack Up In  Terms of Dog-Waste Violations

Part of the problem could be that there's no place to put the poop, said Michael Messina, 34, who walks his 5-year-old black Lab, Lexington, in the neighborhood.

"There are not as many garbage cans around here compared to other neighborhoods," he said.

"You have to go through an extra effort to pick up the mess."

Glendale, Queens, was awarded the dubious distinction of having the most piles of dog doo-doo in the entire city -- the scene of 41 violations in the fiscal year that ended in July.

The small, family-friendly neighborhood had almost as many violations as all of Manhattan and accounted for nearly half of all the tickets issued in Queens.

The highest concentration of complaints were on Cooper, Myrtle and Metropolitan avenues, all within barking distance of each other.

The prize for the crappiest borough went to The Bronx, where 202 violations were issued last year.

But that was down 44 percent from 2008.

Rude dog walkers were slapped with 134 summonses in Brooklyn, and 18 were ticketed in Staten Island.

Overall, the city is less smelly, with 510 poop penalties in the last fiscal year, compared to 580 in 2009 and 909 two years ago.

Officials say pooch owners are more polite because the city increased fines to $250 from $100 in late 2008.

Pooper-scooper scofflaws must be caught in the act by Sanitation enforcement agents, who are often directed to certain areas based on 311-hotline complaints.

Additional reporting by Lucy Kinder