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)
Posted by John Woestendiek May 19th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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