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~ NYC Development Targets Pet Owners ~
Over 12 Breeds Banned, Weight Requirements Imposed, Limit One Pet per Apt
Gateway Plaza Dogs
PHOTO BY ROBERT SIMKO / THE BROADSHEET ©2012
Gateway Plaza residents came together with their pets this past Sunday to show solidarity in their opposition to the development’s recently implanted policy against pet owners.
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By Michael Mullins
Published August 28, 2012
For years, Battery Park City’s Gateway Plaza, an upscale 1,712-unit residential owned by the LeFrak Organization, was regarded as one of the city’s more pet-friendly developments. This view, however, was turned on its head last week when residents learned of a dramatic change in the building’s pet policy via a rider included in a tenant’s lease renewal containing 19 provisions restricting, banning and fining pet owners at Gateway Plaza.

According to the original rider: dogs weighing more than 40 lbs are prohibited, resident’s cats are required to be declawed, pet-owning residents are required to pay a $250 annual fee, no more than one pet per apartment is permitted and tenants are no longer allowed to walk through the lobby with their pet thereby forcing them to use service elevators to take their dog for a walk or cat to the vet’s office.

Additionally, more than 12 dog breeds are banned in the rider which management claims “have interfered with other tenants’ quiet enjoyment of their apartments.” The prohibited breeds are: Pitt Bulls, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Chow Chows, Akitas, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinchers, Wolf-dog hybrids and any type of watch or hunting dog.

And if a tenant should have a guest who brings their pet over for a visit, that too is prohibited under Gateway’s new pet policy. Only resident pets are permitted inside the development under the new guidelines, which also requires that all pets wear registration tags issued by management when outside their owner’s apartment on the premises.

Any violation of these provisions could result in a tenant being evicted, as stated in the rider.

Not surprisingly, pet-owning residents at Gateway Plaza immediately condemned the new policy.

“Until last week this was the most pet friendly building in Battery Park City and large numbers of people moved into Gateway because of its policy towards pets. This pet rider is a 180 percent about-face,” said Jeffrey Galloway, an attorney and 30-year resident of
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