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The Gramercy Park Piss Problem

Having gone to college at Baruch, I often found myself taking walks around Gramercy Park between classes. While it’s a nice view and some good exercise, I’ve always had to dodge the seemingly everlasting dog pee spots found on the sidewalk outside the park. Twice now, (Link, Link) residents have posted anonymous pamphlets around the park claiming they know who is leaving dog poop around their lovely park yet they’ve never mentioned the pee problem. So, I decided to walk around the perimeter of the park (since I obviously couldn’t walk inside it) to see for my self how many distinctively identifiable dog pee spots were on the sidewalk. Here are my findings:

I don’t know if you counted, but that was about sixty (60!) pee spots! While everyone knows NYC at large is disgusting, this is a very “well to do” neighborhood that could easily afford to hire someone to wash off the sidewalks every day, put dog poop bag dispensers around the park or, better yet, allow some of the rich neighborhood dogs and their walkers inside the park to pee in a designated dog park – the park would get infinitely more used and perhaps people could meet fellow neighbors there. Of course, that’ll never happen.

What will happen is a constant flow (fitting word) of dogs excreting around the park. Most dog poop is cleaned. Pee is the real issue here and one that the entire city faces. For Gramercy Park, since the slate sidewalk seems to hold liquid more than other kinds of pavement, perhaps residents with dogs should start bringing a bottle of water to dump after their dogs pee to wash it away. As summer approaches, I kind of wish that all NYC dog owners start practicing this habit too.

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