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Dog Areas in New York

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New York City is home to several national parks and state parks, as well as city parks that cover over 28,000 acres of open land. Pelham Bay Park, the city’s largest park, has miles of hiking trails to offer. With golf courses, playgrounds, and a beautiful view of the shoreline, this park has plenty for the whole family, including its canine companions.

Central Park is perhaps the most visited park in New York. The park features the ever-popular Alice in Wonderland sculpture, the Huddlestone Arch, the Mall, and a 20-acre lake, among other attractions that draw guests every day. Dogs are welcome in most areas and are allowed off-leash at certain times of the night and morning.

The Central Park Conservancy also organizes the Central Park Paws, a program that unites dog owners within the community. Central Park Paws hosts a variety of events for animal lovers and their dogs, including guided tours through the park and the Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Fair.

For some off-leash exercise, bring your pup by the West Thames Street Dog Run. If you're worried about your Bullmastiff causing an uproar, or your Pomeranian getting run over, don't worry, this dog run has segmented areas for large and small dogs, as well as benches and trees for their human guests. Whether you’re searching for a good hike or a place to relax with your dog, New York City has the perfect park for you.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in New York

#1 Central Park

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Dog Parks 3 Dog Parks
Population Density 20/sq mi

#1 Central Park

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Central Park and the surrounding neighborhood in New York, NY is one of the most pet friendly areas to live, work, or play in the entire City.  Just steps outside of your hotel, condo, apartment, or walkup is the iconic Central Park.  On any given day, you and Fido can take a stroll along one of the many manicured paths.  Stop by one of numerous off leash dog parks in Central Park and let your pooch off the leash for some serious socialization with canine friends.  Spend a few hours people watching alongside one of the amazing pools (no swimming allowed) and then dine al fresco in the dog friendly patio area at Tavern on the Green.  Whichever activity suits yours and your pet’s needs, you are sure to find a fun activity for the both of you in Central Park.
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#2 Upper East Side

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Dog Parks 2 Dog Parks
Population Density 120,090/sq mi

#2 Upper East Side

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The Upper East Side is an incredibly popular and picturesque neighborhood located just blocks away from some of the best doggone great amenities the city has to offer.  For those looking to walk, learn and explore their way through the neighborhood, the Stray Boots & BarkPost Central Park Tour is a self-guided exploration of the history of New York City’s “pup” culture.  A little further from the hubbub is Carl Schurz Dog Park.  Here your prized puppy can romp and play off leash in one of two separate enclosures.  Don’t forget to throw the collar and leash back on for a scenic stroll along the East River Promenade on your way out.
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#3 Chelsea

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Dog Parks 1 Dog Park
Population Density 55,120/sq mi

#3 Chelsea

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The former meat packing district, Chelsea is a bustling hub for culture and dining with plenty of pup-friendly opportunities for entertainment and socialization with your four-legged family member.  The Chelsea Waterside Park and Dog Run is the perfect enclosed spot for you and your pooch to get some off-leash activity.  Don’t forget to take in the views of the Hudson while you’re there.  The newly completed High Line walkway is a converted elevated rail line that offers miles of artists, performers, and scenic green space where you can stop and enjoy lunch or take a quick water break for Fido.
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#4 Lower West Side

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Dog Parks 1 Dog Park
Population Density 86,940/sq mi

#4 Lower West Side

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Few places in the world are as iconic as New York, NY.  The neighborhood of the Lower West Side is one of the most culturally important areas in the city and offers a host of pet friendly activities, perfect for spending quality time in the great outdoors with your pooch.  Washington Square Dog Park is located conveniently near to one of the city’s most historic public parks.  A little further southwest, Tribeca Dog Park provides another safe space for dogs to run and play.  A few steps outside the park gates, Hudson River Park is a great place for people and their pets to stroll along the scenic Hudson River and take in a frozen yogurt, hot dog, or other street food perfect for sharing.
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#5 Upper West Side

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Dog Parks 0 Dog Parks
Population Density 108,000/sq mi

#5 Upper West Side

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The Upper West Side is one of the most desirable and trendy residential areas in the urban mecca of New York City, NY.  While “pet-friendly” may not be the first adjective someone would use when thinking of New York, the Upper West Side has a wide variety of attractions and spaces designed specifically to cater to your four-legged family member.  The West 72nd street dog run is a well-known meeting space for canines and their attentive owners.  Grab a cup of coffee and watch Fido have a blast with his other doggie pals just steps from Central Park.  Riverside Park, with its acclaimed dog runs, offers another rare opportunity at off-leash space plus beautiful views of the river.  Whether a NY native or a short-term native, the Upper West Side offers something for every type of dog and owner.
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