Big goes with big. Small goes with small. It’s an organizational principle we apply throughout life, whether we’re toddlers sorting wooden blocks or adults organizing our gun closets. It’s not just a spatial mandate, but a social one as well. Little leaguers don’t play against high school teams because no parent wants to see their five year-old get beamed by a teenager’s fastball. Oversized luggage goes to a separate area so your fellow travelers aren’t inconvenienced by your (most likely stupid) Burning Man project clogging the carousel.
Yet despite their rep as a law-abiding and mixed paper and plastic-recycling bunch, this “Rule of Size” is something a good number of Park Slopes ignore. Take the dog run near 4th Avenue and 3rd Street, for example. Like any given Project Runway finale, it is divided into two parts: a large dog run for large dogs and a small dog run (pay attention, this is where it gets murky) for their more diminutive brethren.