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It’s good news for Hell’s Kitchen’s playful pups — Astro’s Dog Run on the corner of 10th Avenue and W39th Street reopened at the weekend after being closed for nearly a year. The popular puppy hangout shut last summer during the pandemic to allow the Port Authority to carry out maintenance to the surrounding area.
Astro’s Dog Run is a community venture managed by Tim Ousey and other volunteers. It was originally opened in May 1998 and was named after a dog called Astro that lived in the area. The Astro’s Dog Run website says that “His mother was a small shepherd mix and his father was ‘some big black dog from down the neighborhood’.” Astro died in 2001.
The Port Authority has helped the renovations to the run by installing planters, new fencing, repairing furniture and rebuilding tree pits — as well as installing a brand new noticeboard on 10th Avenue.
“We are very excited for the dog run to be open again after being closed for construction. It’s a beautiful spot for neighborhood dogs to enjoy. A big thank you to Tim and the team that worked so hard on all of the renovations!” shared Hudson’s owners Kaitlin Marsh and Howard Tilkin.
Hannah Oren, the owner of Coco Buns, told us: “What a terrific community resource, made possible by Tim Oz and a handful of volunteers working with the city. As Tim shared with me, this hidden gem has been around for decades. I adopted Coco Buns in September 2020 so I’ve been anticipating its reopening ever since — I hope to be a daily visitor!”
This weekend, over 40 keys were distributed to dog owners. If you would like to get a key, fill out an application at www.astrosdogrun.com/application/