Common wisdom says that raising a dog in a big city can be tough. After all, our pups need to be walked, scooped and exercised. They crave companionship, and they generally take up more room than some apartments will allow.
All true, but no real obstacle for Manhattan residents who will find an abundance of dog runs, boutiques, daycares and groomers waiting around just about every corner. “With so many options available all over Manhattan, it doesn’t matter how much outdoor space you have, what size your home is, or what floor it’s on,” says Andrew Mak, a Corcoran sales agent and dog owner himself.
Or in some cases, the amenities are right in your building, as is the case with 252 East 57th Street which offers SPOT 57, an array of custom services such as dog walking and daycare. Its interactive, indoor play space includes a grooming station and comfortable sitting area where residents can watch their best friends play,
Increasingly, the city’s finest top shopping destinations are tolerating the presence of our four-legged friends, too. “You just have to ask,” Mak says. “I’ve seen dogs in Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and even Tiffany.”
The Hell’s Kitchen resident shared the ways in which he ensures his three-year-old German Shepherd, Mia, has her day—every day. When it’s time to exercise, for example, they head over to the dog run at DeWitt Clinton Park on 11th Avenue. If brunch calls and the weather cooperates, they have their choice of restaurants featuring sidewalk seating along the neighborhood’s main drag, 9th Avenue.
“Thanks to recently relaxed rules, dogs can stay at their owners’ feet instead of being leashed outside of the cafe’s barriers,” Mak points out. He adds that dogs are even allowed inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle, should high-end shopping be on the agenda.
Here are some other great neighborhoods for dogs—and the humans who love them:
Upper West Side:
Although they are not allowed on the celebrated High Line, dogs are happily welcomed on the miles of trails and parks that run alongside the Hudson River, says Mak. As a reward for a great workout, move Rover over to Madison Square Park and treat him to a Pooch-ini custard (or even a bite of your burger) at the original Shake Shack.
Upper East Side:
The glorious expanses of Central Park are just as easy to reach from this end of town, and in an area famous for only the best, pampered pooches will be right in their element. Several apartment buildings offer pet-washing stations and dog-runs and many a concierge service includes dog walking.
Twice a year, Union Square comes alive with Adoptapalooza, which gathers more than 300 ready-to-be adopted pets from area agencies. Across town, the Tompson Square Park Dog Run Halloween Parade has been a staple for nearly three decades. Also, in the East Village, Whiskers Holistic Petcare is an alternative center for all things natural and organic.
Although they are not allowed on the celebrated High Line, dogs are happily welcomed on the miles of trails and parks that run alongside the Hudson River, says Mak. As reward for a great workout, move Rover over to Madison Square Park and treat him to a Pooch-ini custard (or even a bite of your burger) at the original Shake Shack.
Choose one of these neighborhoods and it’s clear your dog won’t have any bones to pick.