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Curb your poop signs, preservationists say

Preservationists are complaining that a series of signs installed by New York University, urging dog owners to “clean up after your pet” and “curb your dog,” are soiling the area’s historical character.

Greenwich Village preservationists, already battling NYU officials over the school’s expansion plans, say the signs installed by the university are both unsightly and illegal — and those “Dogipot” clean-up stations, even worse.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission this month ordered NYU to remove three of the signs at its Silver Towers complex, off Houston Street, because they were installed on landmarked property without a permit.

According to the preservationists, the Dogipot stations, which dispense poop bags, can’t legally be placed on properties with landmark status.

“This seems like special treatment being given to a powerful and well-connected institution,” Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, told the website DNAInfo.

He said the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation notified the city of more than a dozen of NYU’s alleged illegal signs and clean-up stations in June last year.

Only three were ordered to be pulled down.

Elizabeth de Bourbon, a spokesperson for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, said the other signs were not ordered pulled down because they did not detract from the “historic fabric” of the area.

(Photo: DNAinfo / Nicole Breskin)


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time May 19, 2010 at 11:57 am

I sense the beginnings of a new career in design for someone. Since plenty of historic buildings are still used by actual people for real-live purposes, maybe we need to develop a series of historically accurate no-poop signs and bag stations. We could have Colonial, Neoclassical, Federal, Victorian, perhaps some Art Deco or Art Nouveau–then move on to Arts and Crafts, Prairie School, Mid-Century Modern–the possibilities are endless. All we have to do is ask ourselves how the great architects and builders of the past would have handled this problem.

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time May 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Great idea, Anne’n’Spencer. Maybe the folks at Dogi-Pot should come out with a line of “Ye Olde Dogi-Pots.”

Comment from Anonymous
Time May 21, 2010 at 5:56 am

The signs on the stations peal off easily, if the sign is the most offensive part of the structure…then all you have is a nice green station, without all of the rude wording…

Comment from worker
Time May 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm

is it better to step on dog poop (which i’ve unfortunately done in the neighborhood)? it’s unfortunate, but people need to be reminded to clean up after their pets.

Comment from Bob
Time May 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Maybe if people learned to curb and clean up after their dogs instead of letting them poop and pee all over the grass, like they do daily at this particular location, we woudn’t need signs or dogi pots. Signs usually appear in reaction to abusive behavior.

Comment from Lee
Time May 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Maybe Mr. Berman will dedicate his efforts to the maintenance and upkeep of the lawns and gardens in the area which ultimately are destroyed by dogs pooping and peeing all over them. The dogipots are not only helpful but they are not unsightly in any way shape or form. NYU should be commended for providing this service to the residents.