Well, Sh*t: These Brooklyn Neighborhoods Complain Most About Dog Poop

This isn’t a new issue for our readers: from Park Slope to Bensonhurst, neighbors continue to obsess over what to do with abandoned dog poop. Dog waste left on the street is, well, disgusting, but also dangerous, as it can make its way into our water supply if not disposed of correctly.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) enforces the Pooper Scooper Law in the city and investigates locations where dog walkers often fail to pick up after their dogs – but to issue a violation they have to catch the offender in the act. There’s a spike in complaints in February and March, once the snow starts to melt and all the surprises come afloat.

According to a Renthop study, Brooklyn, overall, had fewer dog waste complaints this year, with a total of 468 to date. Last year there were 600. 

Ocean Hill has most complaints in Brooklyn per 10k of households, with a whopping 42 complaints for the last two years–given the neighborhood is tiny, with just 11,686 households.

Some neighborhoods experienced an uptick in poop complaints, such as Sunset Park and Bath Beach with twice the amount of complaints since last year, and Flatbush complaints rose from 21 to 26 in 2019.

There is some improvement in the borough: North Bushwick has seen a dramatic fall of complaints. Last year 17 complaints were rung in, and this year there were only 6 per 18,885 households. Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay also saw fewer complaints this year: 17 in comparison to last year’s 21. Is it better or are the folks just giving up?

Williamsburg, Fort Greene, and Brooklyn Heights, among others, are considered the cleanest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, or else just have the chillest neighbors. No poop complaints so far this year to 311. 

Generally, the higher the rent, the fewer the poop complaints a neighborhood receives, Renthop found. North Bushwick’s fall could potentially be explained as a side effect of gentrification.

Don’t worry Brooklyners, the poopiest neighborhood is in Queens: Middle Village with a relatively small amount of 14,899 households, had 86 complaints this year. We’re gonna be okay. Generally, according to the 311 data, the number of reported poop complaints has decreased since 2011.

How can we continue to tackle this issue? Complain away here. To actually punish anyone for taking the sidewalk for granted, a city agent must see the crime taking place (owner shamelessly walking away from their animal’s doodoo) in order to give a ticket, the maximum fine is $250.

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Irina Groushevaia

Irina Groushevaia

Irina Groushevaia is the Managing Editor and covers Bushwick, Williamsburg, and beyond. Questions & tips: Irina@bklyner.com


  1. This article is pure bull. Williamsburg is one of the worst in terms of people picking up after their dogs. I visit my friend who lives at 1 north side piers almost every other week and that area is truly the worst when it comes to dog poop. Just because people don’t file complaints does not mean it is clean of dog poop. I live in Bensonhurst and my area is full of poop too.

  2. People who leave their dog crap in the street deserve to have said crap flung in their faces. Who the hell do you think you are to leave your dog’s sh*t for everyone else to step on??! How selfish can one be?!

  3. Alfred has a point about Bensonhurst. At least I know from Bay Parkway to Kings Highway, 25th Ave to 18th along 86th street is poop town. Not too sure about Williamsburg though as I can only go by what friends tell me and they say it is pretty bad.

    Still I think Irina can only write about documented facts. Not many people actually take the time to complain properly and the authorities handling these cases are…..well….it’s NYC.

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