Chinatown is a populated neighborhood and tourist destination located in Lower Manhattan in New York, New York. Home to one of the oldest residential areas in Manhattan, it is well-known for its variety of Asian restaurants, grocers, bakeries, and tea houses as well as endless shopping, particularly on Canal Street, where street vendors often sell to passersby.
The neighborhood often holds cultural festivals, such as the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and the Lunar New Year Parade. Other popular attractions include Chatham Square, Church of the Transfiguration, and the Kimlau Memorial Arch. Spanning two square miles, Chinatown is a very walkable neighborhood with plenty to see and do. Dress warmly for walks during the winter months as it does get cold and snowy. It does become very warm during the summer months, so be wary of walking your four-legged friend in the middle of the day! Taking water along and investing in some doggy boots may be a good idea to protect sensitive paws.
Chinatown is mainly flat, so no need to worry about steep inclines. Most of the neighborhood is comprised of sidewalks and busy roads featuring many storefronts and walk-up apartment buildings. Canal Street spans the entire width of Chinatown, and the entrance to the Manhattan bridge is near the middle of the neighborhood, where many bikers, pedestrians, and vehicles cross paths. Pedestrians and vendors often crowd the sidewalks during the day, so it’s best to avoid areas such as Canal Street or try to plan an early morning or late night walk.
To get to Chinatown, Canal Street Station is located in the northeastern part of the neighborhood. Bring your dog along for a nice city walk, but try to avoid the congested areas during high tourist seasons. Walking is fairly easy, but there are many vehicles, people, and distractions. Be sure to watch your dog while crossing streets or navigating crowds!
Though Chinatown is mainly busy roads and sidewalks, there are a few green spaces and playgrounds where you can walk your dog. A popular space is Columbus Park, located in the western part of the neighborhood. The park features some green space with playgrounds and paths as well as some cement-topped areas. Nearby is Collect Pond Park, named for its reflective pool surrounded by a short walking path. Seward Park, known as the first municipal park in New York City, also has green grass, playgrounds, and a fountain. Kimlau Square, located in Chatham Square, is a small area with some landscaping perfect for a rest beside the Kimlau Memorial Arch.
There are no off-leash areas or run areas in Chinatown, so be sure to keep your dog on a leash during your walk through the neighborhood and be courteous of other pedestrians that are out and about each day.