Air of the dog! Downtown high-rise opens rooftop pooch run

Winning catch: Chase returns his disc after chasing it down in the elevated dog run.
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These dogs are living the high life!

The luxury Downtown building with its own subway entrance and coffee shop has now opened a heated rooftop dog run, and one tenant said the rare amenity had him paws-itively drooling over the residence.

“You don’t hear about a lot of buildings having dog runs,” said Charlie Galletti, who lives in Willoughby Street high-rise Ava Dobro and recently adopted a 12-week-old Visla named Chase. “It’s absolutely one of the reasons I wanted to live here.”

The puppy playpen is located on the third floor of the 58-story tower — the tallest in Brooklyn — owned by Avalon Bay Communities and is filled with the same pebbles used across the city’s dog parks.

The sky-high park is equipped with heat lamps for the winter, and the building’s maintenance team is armed with special dog-friendly salt that will melt away any yellow-stained snow, according to a rep for the company.

The building also sports a doggy spa with baths, a hairdryer, and a canine treadmill called “Jog-A-Dog.”

And a special self-washing “pee stone” stands at the entrance to the great upstairs outdoors, giving dogs a target to let their scent loose before flushing it away.

Galletti said he takes Chase out for a rooftop run at least three times a day to pal around with other pampered pooches and their owners.

“As a puppy, he’s socializing really well and in part it’s because of the dog run,” he said. “It’s also a great avenue to meet new people.”

The building’s human tenants can also run around without ever stepping foot on planet Earth — the rental building sports a gym with views of the Statue of Liberty for adults, and an “enchanted forest” themed playroom for kids.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Tyler from pps says:
I want a puppy. :-/
April 27, 2016, 9:38 am
Joe from Greenpoint says:
Fetch rover!
April 30, 2016, 1:04 am

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