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This map of NYC shows where you should be careful when you step

Written by
Rebecca Fontana

There’s one thing even the most ardent dog lovers hate about their pooches—dog poop. The Department of Health estimates that there are 420,000 dogs in New York City, which means it’s not much of a surprise that there were 2,600 complaints about poop on sidewalks in 2015 alone. Instead of staring at the ground as you walk to your favorite dog-friendly restaurants, check out this RentHop map—it shows the neighborhoods with the most complaints, along with the ones showing improvement over the past year. Here’s where to walk with caution:

The borough with the grossest sidewalks is the Bronx, with 17 complaints per square mile. Staten Island is actually the cleanest, with just three complaints per square mile.  

If you’re looking for the best neighborhood to spend the summer in, the hoods with the highest level of pooper-scooper improvement are Whitestone, Queens, and Emerson Hill, Staten Island. In Manhattan, the winners are Chelsea and Union Square, and in Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook came out on top.  

However, avoid these spots unless you’re wearing rain boots: The West Concourse in the Bronx and South Jamaica, Queens, had the highest increase in complaints, followed by the Upper West side and Bed-Stuy. If you’re a pet parent in these hoods, stock up on supplies at a pet store and help keep the city clean. Your neighbors will thank you. 

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