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Battery Park City Halloween Puppy Parade! Saturday Oct 31

Battery Park City Halloween Puppy Parade! Saturday Oct 31

Just a reminder that you should be getting those puppy costumes ready for the Fourteenth Annual BPC Dogs Halloween Puppy Parade, which will be held on Saturday, October 31, starting at noon, on the BPC Esplanade at the SOUTH Cove wooden arbor. The parade will proceed from the South Cove in a northerly direction on the Esplanade to the plaza area near the North Cove Marina (where the volleyball courts are usually set up) where your dog (and maybe you) will be judged on your costumes.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume – Large Breed; Best Costume – Small Breed; Best Owner & Dog Combo; Best Dog Team Costume.

A Tail-Wagging Contest for Small & Large Dogs will be held again this year.

We will also have a Raffle for exciting new prizes.

All dog owners and their dogs (in costume) should meet promptly at 11:50 a.m. on the Esplanade at the South Cove Arbor.

CB1 Board Meeting

Hi all – this is a reminder that Downtown Dog will be presenting to the CB1 Board Meeting, October 7. Please come out and show your support for Downtown Dog and the efforts for off leash privileges.

The address is 1 Centre St Room # 2202 N. The meeting starts promptly at 6pm and we ask that members and supporters get there early and seated before 5:45pm. Please allow a little extra time to go through the security check in the lobby. There is enough seating for about 20 people and it would make a statement if we can fill all the seats with our Downtown Dog T shirts on!

The presentation will last roughly 4-5 minutes, which will be followed by Q&A from CB1 Board Members. After that it’s open to the public for Q&A. During this time, anyone from the audience can make a brief statement in support of Downtown Dog and establishing off leash privileges. After that everyone is free to leave or stay.

This is an exciting step for us, so please come and share in the excitement.


P.S. I would like to personally thank Ben and Joe for all the work done in preparing for the presentation and volunteering to speak on behalf of Downtown Dog.

First 2014 case of mosquito EEE virus in Massachusetts

What is EEE?

“Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes that can affect people and horses. EEE can also cause disease in captive birds such as the ring-necked pheasant, emu, ostriches, quail and ducks. EEE infection and disease can occasionally occur in other livestock, deer, dogs, other mammals, reptiles and amphibians.” More important info about EEE from

News article from Boston Herald.

Be aware that your dog CAN get bit by mosquitoes and may contract EEE and other viruses and parasites, particularly heartworm. Standing water on the lawn or sidewalks are common breeding areas for mosquito larvae. See graphic:

Pay-what-you-can for Veg/Herb/FLowers at Battery Park’s Urban Farm

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According to DNAInfo: “You don’t have to leave Lower Manhattan to get farm-fresh veggies this summer — but you will have to get your hands dirty. Battery Urban Farm, a 1-acre community garden in Battery Park, is offering visitors the chance to hand-pick a selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers…Every Thursday starting July 3, visitors will be guided through picking a predetermined amount of the week’s best crops, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The farm suggests a $25 donation, but it’s a pay-what-you-can program.” Read More.

NYer of the Week Maintains Dog Run Inside Manhattan Park

In a corner of J. Hood Wright Park in Washington Heights, you will find a little getaway for dogs. It’s also where you’ll likely find the latest New Yorker of the Week: retired electrician Tony Speranza, who doesn’t get paid to maintain a dog run inside J. Hood Wright Park, but he does whatever it takes to keep things running. “It means the world to me,” he says. “It means that the dogs in the neighborhood, my dogs, can run around, get recreation and play with each other, and basically be a dog for an hour a day.”

Watch the video about this inspirational NYer!