Swanky NYC Building Bans Dog Paws on Marble Floors

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lobby of 160 W 62nd St New York City
ZillowThis luxury rental in New York City now requires pet owners to carry their pooches through its lobby.
exterior160 West 62nd Street
ZillowHawthorn Park apartments are at 160 West 62nd Street in New York.
Lucky Upper West Side puppies! Canine residents of Manhattan's Hawthorn Park never have to schlepp through the building's marble lobby to their afternoon walks again. The luxury rental now requires pet parents to carry their pooches in and out of the building, which overlooks Lincoln Center and the Hudson River.

At first, everyone thought this was another let-them-eat-cake story, where a posh New York City building wouldn't tolerate the patter of muddy, little dog feet on their shiny, new floors. In fact, the management says, the rule is meant to prevent dogfights among pet residents, who are not permitted to weigh more than 15 pounds.

You know how bitchy those little lapdogs can get.

"It's a preventative measure," says Maggie Meluzio, a spokeswoman for the 54-story building, which doesn't want any snarling and biting -- especially from the dogs -- in the lobby.

Hawthorn Park apartments, located at 160 West 62nd Street, range from $3,700 for a studio to $12,000 for a three-bedroom unit.

Meluzio says a majority of the human residents are "understanding about this."

No word yet from the pampered pups.
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