Weekend Kids’ Pick

Saturday is the 21st Annual Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park.

Saturday, Oct. 22 from noon until 3 p.m., spectators will gather in Tompkins Square Park to watch dogs on parade. All proceeds from the 21st annual Halloween Dog Parade will go to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for the upkeep of the Tompkins Square dog run, which is the city’s largest. The parade will be held inside the dog run; enter the park on 9th Street, between Avenue A and B.

For more info on family friendly events, visit our kids page.

LES Dog Owners’ Input Wanted Monday Night

Tucked away in a corner of Corlear’s Hook Park, where Cherry and Jackson streets meet the southern end of East River Park, a mulch-and-straw-covered fenced lot awaits four-legged visitors and their caretakers.

Not that many come. Corlear’s Hook Park Dog Run is one of the city’s most under-used dog parks. Unlike its popular (and well-maintained) counterparts in Tompkins Square, Union Square and Madison Square parks, it’s often empty for hours at a time.

Wednesday News Links

Another day… still no resolution to the MTA bailout standoff in Albany. Now no vote is expected until next week. See the story in Newsday. Meanwhile, the Daily News reports the MTA has given the union a list of 600 employees who could lose their jobs due to the agency's financial crisis.

Starting Friday, the New York City Housing Authority will ban pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman pinschers and any dog over 25 pounds at its apartment buildings. Any residents who already have dogs in these categories can keep them as long as they register with the city. The Daily News talked with two pit bull owners at the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D.

Rooftop Film's new season kicks off May 15 on the Open Road Rooftop above the New Design High Schhool on Essex Street. See the complete schedule here.

The Village Voice checks out some of the LES's more intertesting art galleries and investigates whether gentrification has "hopelessly degraded" the neighborhood.