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The Secret Code to a Changing New York: Its Dogs

And the West Village surpassed the Upper East Side in sales price in 2013, according to the real estate data site StreetEasy. New York’s dogs are as varied as its people, and their numbers can be just as telling. They can be a cipher for understanding ...

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Downtown poodlesUptown pit bullsA Xoloitzcuintli on the blockTo understand New York real estate, follow Fido. By STEFANOS CHEN FEB9, 2018 Consider the poodle: the fluffy stalwart of the Upper East Side, the pooch par excellence of fancy white-glove co-opsLately, it’s been roughing it downtown. From 2012 to 2016, the breed’s registrations nearly doubled in Hell’s Kitchen and nearby Chelsea, from 113 to 208, the biggest surge for the breed in all five boroughsExcept these poodles answered to names like Duke and Nacho, not Bentley or Valentino, like some of their uptown kinAnd while the Upper East Side still had the most poodles in that period, with 369 registrations in 2016, the breed’s downtown migration hasn’t gone unnoticed. “It’s almost as if the idea of the Upper East Side has relocated,” said Jason Saft, an agent with Compass, commenting on the number of poodles that have flooded the West Village, a longtime bastion of the bohemian set in downtown Manhattan. Most Popular Names, Males TK Per 5000 surveyed Max 3,990 Rocky 2,769 Charlie 2,590 Buddy 2,471 Lucky 2,156 Teddy 1,559 Jack 1,538 Toby 1,505 Oliver 1,248 Milo 1,196 Gizmo 1,094 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene dog registrations, 2012—2016. Real estate prices suggest a similar shiftBoosted by a wave of new development, homes in the West Village sold for a median $1.3 million in 2017, about 5 percent higher than on the Upper East SideAnd the West Village surpassed the Upper East Side in sales price in 2013, according to the real estate data site StreetEasy. New York’s dogs are as varied as its people, and their numbers can be just as tellingThey can be a cipher for understanding gentrification, and sometimes predicting it — when the designer pups arrive, rising home prices may not be far behindThey become part of the identity of a neighborhood, and their shifting numbers, rising or falling, can say much about its futureMost of all, they say something about the humans who take them home. As housing prices rise in an area, dog breeds tend to skew smaller and more expensiveBut certain breeds maintain their dominance, like the pit bull in certain parts of Brooklyn and the Rottweiler in the Bronx. To track the city’s changing dog preferences, The New York Times analyzed the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s dog license registrations from 2012 to 2016, the most recent full year data were availableWe used the health department’s definition of neighborhood boundaries, and the data set, which covered the five boroughs, included the dog breed, sex, name and the owner’s home ZIP code. Newcomers White Japanese Spitz

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