Council Member Keith Powers announced a new temporary dog run in Murray Hill. The dog run will be sited at New Wave Pier, located on the East River Esplanade between 38th and 39th Streets. This new space will provide more options to residents in the Murray Hill area, while also preventing overcrowding at already existing dog runs.
“For too long, our community has needed more places for our community’s pets to run around, play, and enjoy the outdoors,” said Powers. “I’m very proud to deliver this much-needed dog run for our neighborhood, and always proud to support my favorite, furry constituents.”
Currently, the large area between Stuyvesant Square Dog Run, Peter Detmold Park, and Robert Moses Park lacks enough working dog runs for the community. This added location at New Wave Pier will give East Side pet owners much-needed, accessible park space for their dogs to play and to run off-leash. The plan also includes new benches, a tool shed, trash receptacles, and pet needs like water and bags, and will designate a separate area for smaller dogs. The dog run is expected to open this November.
Powers has allocated $15,000 to the Parks Department to help create the new dog run based on feedback from constituents and community groups, including the Alliance for Kips Bay and Community Board Six.
“As the district with the lowest amount of greenspace in New York City, the lack of open space has extended to our canine constituents for far too long,” said Kyle Athayde, Chair of Manhattan Community Board 6. “CB6 has long advocated for dog runs in our district, so we are grateful for Councilmember Powers’ leadership in finally providing this much needed amenity. This dog run will not only allow our dogs to live full, healthy lives, but it will also provide joy to their human counterparts!”
“St. Vartan Park Conservancy is thrilled that the dog run is close to reality,” said St. Vartan Park Conservancy Founder Kevin O’Keefe. “We are grateful to Council Member Powers and Alliance for Kips Bay for their leadership. In addition, we salute Murray Hill resident Linda Levine, who cares for many dogs in the community.”