For more than 20 years, dogs have run free on Battery Park’s main lawn early in the morning. The unused grassy area was a place for dogs and their owners to socialize, the only large open space downtown where dogs could run around. But that changed this summer, when Parks Department officers began issuing $150 tickets to dog owners, enforcing a leash policy that had long been ignored.
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What's particularly interesting is that the Battery Park authorities seem to have enforced the leash law quite vigorously otherwise via rent-a-PEP agents, who have given many tickets. So of course the existence of this de facto off-leash area hasn't heretofore induced dog owners to limit their depredations to it. It won't if the area becomes off-leash de jure.