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Where Is the Dog Poop in New York City?

A new study answers the question, but also shows that things have been improving.

There are at least 80,000 dogs registered in New York City in a given year, according to the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which estimates the total canine population at about 500,000. With so many pooches using the city’s streets as a toilet, it’s surprising that we aren’t stepping in their unpleasant remains more often.

In fact, the number of dog-poop complaints received by the city’s 311 hotline has been falling in recent years, according to a new study by RentHop, from 3,412 complaints in 2010 to 2,180 in 2018 — a 36 percent reduction. Despite small annual increases in 2015 and 2017, the trajectory has been downward, and 2019 has been no exception. Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 5, there were only 1,714 complaints, about 18 percent fewer than during the same period a year earlier.

Sometimes, the question is not where the poop is, but when. The study, based on 311 data going back to 2014, showed that Wednesdays had the most complaints and that weekends had the fewest. The most complaints came in February and March, while November had the fewest.

And where are the most treacherous sidewalks today? RentHop found that the Bronx has had the most canine violation complaints per capita thus far in 2019, with about 10 complaints per 10,000 households, and Manhattan has had the fewest, with about three per 10,000. RentHop’s researchers provided The New York Times with an expansion of their study, showing the 20 neighborhoods with the most dog-poop complaints per 10,000 households between Jan. 1 and Nov. 5, 2019, as seen in this week’s chart.

Where Is the Dog Poop in New York City?

Dog Poop Complaints Per 10,000 Households

Neighborhood

Borough

Jan. 1–Nov. 5, 2019

2018

58

41

Middle Village

Queens

22

17

Westchester-Unionport

Bronx

19

41

Maspeth

Queens

18

10

Woodlawn-Wakefield

Bronx

19

17

Ocean Hill

Brooklyn

13

16

Port Richmond

Staten Island

15

19

East Tremont

Bronx

15

16

Ozone Park

Queens

10

14

East Elmhurst

Queens

14

4

Laurelton

Queens

13

10

Stapleton-Rosebank

Staten Island

13

6

Mariner’s Harbor-

Arlington-Port Ivory-

Graniteville

Staten Island

13

6

Williamsbridge-Olinville

Bronx

13

10

Gravesend

Brooklyn

12

11

Soundview-Bruckner

Bronx

12

22

Belmont

Bronx

12

16

Norwood

Bronx

12

15

Crotona Park East

Bronx

11

9

Claremont-Bathgate

Bronx

Queens

6

Hollis

11

Where Is the Dog Poop in New York City?

Dog Poop Complaints

Per 10,000 Households

Neighborhood

Jan. 1–Nov. 5, 2019

2018

41

Middle Village

58

Queens

Westchester-

Unionport

17

22

Bronx

19

Maspeth

41

Queens

18

Woodlawn-Wakefield

10

Bronx

17

Ocean Hill

19

Brooklyn

16

13

Port Richmond

Staten Island

19

East Tremont

15

Bronx

16

Ozone Park

15

Queens

10

East Elmhurst

14

Queens

4

Laurelton

14

Queens

10

Stapleton-Rosebank

13

Staten Island

6

13

Mariner’s Harbor-

Arlington-Port Ivory-

Graniteville

Staten Island

13

6

Williamsbridge-

Olinville

Bronx

13

Gravesend

10

Brooklyn

11

12

Soundview-Bruckner

Bronx

12

Belmont

22

Bronx

12

Norwood

16

Bronx

12

Crotona Park East

15

Bronx

11

Claremont-Bathgate

9

Bronx

Hollis

11

6

Queens

Source: RentHop

By The New York Times

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